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Karen S. Franklin is Director of Family History at Leo Baeck Institute, where she assists genealogists with family research and maintains relations with institutional partners in the genealogical field. She currently serves as Chair of the Memorial Museums Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). She is a past chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and past co-chair of the Board of Governors of She has also served on the boards of the American Association of Museums and ICOM-US. A member of the Advisory Board of the European Shoah Legacy Institute and a member of the Judaica and Jewish Cultural Property Committee, Franklin is Vice President of the Obermayer German-Jewish History Awards.