Rainer Hoess - Germany
Rainer is the grandson of the Auschwitz Commandant, Rudolf Höß. However first and foremost Rainer is dedicated to challange intolerance , hatred and discrimation. It's because if these believes that he and Simon founded Footsteps. In that spirit he's been educating students and adults alike on the Holocaust and what happens when hate becomes a weapon. Rainer is also the author of The Heritage of the Commandant.
Simone Boersma - Netherlands
Simone is a pedagogue with 10 years of experience at primary schools and special education in the Netherlands.
In 2016 she started the final research to graduate as a pedagogue. From the beginning it was crystal clear that the subject would be trauma of children and youth in discrimination and prejudice within the current generation. She has been fortunate to meet and exchange correspondence with refugees, survivors, historians and others who shared this interest. As a pedagogue with an ecological vision, Simone believes it is important to maintain awareness for the impact that fits experiences for children and families in the present. Understanding different ideals, and their origin is or importance if you want to be able to interact with each other. The consciousness of history is, as she thinks, or great importance when it comes to learning democracy attitude. History tells the story of the establishment of democracy,
Giuseppe Leone - Germany
Due to his many years of work in the fashion and retail sector, for example with labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, etc., he has been working for many years. Where, as director for the whole of Italy, he was confronted with different groups of people from all over the world with their views, and was at times attacked
because of the fact that he is homosexual. This inspired Giuseppe to take up and confront this
worldwide problem. He was actively involved in the care of AIDS patients with the aim of educating them against exclusion and discrimination. Giuseppe has become a part of Footsteps. Thanks to his long-standing personal friendship with Rainer Höß and Simon Bell. Giuseppe's main focus at Footsteps is the persecution, discrimination, exclusion and murder of homosexuals in National Socialism, and the hostility that community still faces today.
Jessica Clark - United Kingdom
A graduate of English Literature and Education, Jessica grew up with a passion for history. During the research into the Second World War she became more focused on the Holocaust. This steered towards researching the experiments that tortured innocent men, women and children. Jessica's research focus was Josef Mengele and his experiments involving twins. Believing that the beginning of the euthanasia within the hospitals, the doctors and their cruel experiments were not spoken enough about, she took it into her own hands to write about the horrors of the experiments. This lead to meeting Simon and Rainer and co-founding The Footsteps Team at the age of twenty-two.
After travelling the world, teaching in South Korea, seeing and hearing about the injustices which are continuing to let innocent lives suffer because of ones race, gender, religion or sexuality, Jessica has stepped back into Footsteps to continue her research and to fight against the injustices of the world.