Frank van Vree (1954) is presiding the Board of the research programme. He is researcher at the NIOD and professor of History of War, Conflict and Memory at the University of Amsterdam.
Until September 2021 he was director of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies; before he was dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of Media Studies at the same university, visiting scholar at New York University, professor at the Erasmus University and fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies. Van Vree got degrees in history and philosophy at the universities of Groningen and Leiden, and published numerous books and articles in the field of modern history and historical culture as well as media and journalism studies.
Among his books and edited volumes are Performing the Past. Memory, History, Identity (eds. with Karin Tilmans and Jay Winter, 2010), De Dynamiek van de Herinnering (ed. with Rob van der Laarse, 2009), and Site of Deportation, Site of Memory. The Amsterdam Hollandsche Schouwburg and the Holocaust (with Hetty Berg & David Duindam, in print 2017).
Of his earlier publications should be mentioned his PhD on the Dutch press and the rise of Nazi Germany (De Nederlandse pers en Duitsland 1930-1939, 1989), History of Concepts - Comparative Perspectives (eds. with Iain Hampsher-Monk, Karin Tilmans, 1998), and In de schaduw van Auschwitz (1995), a path-breaking study on the history of the memory of the Second World War in the Netherlands. During two decades Van Vree wrote reviews and articles for de Volkskrant,, a leading Dutch newspaper, as well as the weekly Groene Amsterdammer.