Project lead, Colorization expert
Marina Amaral is a digital colorist with an incredible gift for breathing life into the past. Crowned ‘the master of photo colorization’ by WIRED Magazine, her work has been featured by a number of notable media outlets. Marina decided to create Faces of Auschwitz in 2018, aiming to use the prestige and recognition of her work to raise awareness and honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Established in 2018, The Michael Frank Family Charitable Fund’s mission is to find unique and creative projects that have the capability to impact a large audience in a creative, positive way. The Foundation’s founder, Michael Frank, is an entrepreneur and native of Long Island, New York. Michael is a Board Member of the Long Island Hearing and Speech Society, a Trustee at The Jewish Center of the Hamptons, and a former Board Member of AISH New York.
Project Managing Editor, Writer
Séamus Bellamy is an author, journalist and full-time nomad. His bylines include work for the New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company and the BBC. As a noahide, Séamus maintains strong ties to the Jewish community, despite his itinerant lifestyle. Having lost family in the Minsk ghetto during the Second World War, his passion for the project comes from both a place of familial duty and burning hatred of bigotry.
Video content production
Nick Owen is a visual storyteller with extensive experience in every stage of video content production. His roster of clients includes a number of premium brands. A graduate of Colorado State University, Nick has turned his talent for creating inspired, emotional video content to preserving the stories of Auschwitz survivors and historians.
Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn
Advisor, Project historian
Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn is a historian of the Holocaust, modern German history, and genocide. Currently, he is a Lecturer at the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is also a consultant and content writer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
McKay Smith is an Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division. As an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School and the George Mason University School of Law, he teaches courses on government oversight and internal investigations. The views expressed in his work for Faces of Auschwitz do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate, or the United States.
Paul Zukerberg is an American lawyer and activist. Over the course of his long, distinguished career as a trial lawyer, Paul’s belief in the law, justice and due process have been a credit to both his country and his clients – the Faces of Auschwitz project, among them.
Scholar, Writer, Advisor
Maria Zalewska is an affiliated scholar of the USC Shoah Foundation. After receiving her M.Phil. from University in Oxford, Maria served as the director of the Warsaw office of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation (2009-2010). Since 2010, she has continued to work for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Foundation on a volunteer basis. In 2017, Maria joined the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Committee as an affiliated scholar. She continues to work on her interdisciplinary doctoral work that advances contemporary Holocaust research. Her great-grandfather was killed in Auschwitz.