The Kaiser Friedrich Museum Association was founded in 1896 for the benefit of the State Museums of Berlin. Currently is has more than 600 members who still function as patrons. The association's statutes, acquisition, and collecting activities attracted worldwide attention before the First World War. The Director General of the Royal Museums, Wilhelm Bode, and the patron entrepreneur James Simon along with Karl von der Heydt, Paul von Schwabach, and Franz von Mendelssohn embodied the association during the Empire and the Weimar Republic. The KFMV owes a great deal to the commitment of its members with "Jewish origin," but very little is known of their fate during the 1930s and 1940s. Therefore the board of the association commissioned the historian Bernd Sösemann to undertake a study and form an expert opinion.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Sösemann heads the Research Center for Communication History and Applied Journalism (AKiP) at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute at Freie Universität Berlin. His main fields of research are media, propaganda, and the Nazi dictatorship as well as companies and associations. Sösemann's publications include a biography of the Jewish chief editor Theodor Wolff. He also edited Wolff's work in eight volumes and published a two-volume documentation on Nazi propaganda in addition to numerous contributions to cultural and communication historical themes of modern and contemporary history.