Prof. Adam Daniel Rotfeld: „History and Historical Memory”

27.09 | 18:00 | WPAiE, room D2 (Uniwersytecka 7)


Prof. Adam Daniel Rotfeld – Polish researcher, diplomat, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland from 5 January 2005 until 31 October 2005 when a change of government took place. He served earlier as the deputy foreign minister. While in that position, Rotfeld established the Warsaw Reflection Group on the UN Reform and the Transformation of the Euro-Atlantic Security Institutions, with participation from leading US and European experts and politicians.

From 1991 up to 2002 he served as Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and in 1989–1991 project leader on Building a Cooperative Security System in and for Europe at SIPRI.

(Photo by Grzegorz Gołębiowski [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Prof. Constantin Goschler: „Forced Labour, Memory and Polish-German Relations”

28.09 | 18:15 | WPAiE, room D2 (Uniwersytecka 7)


Prof. Constantin Goschler – Professor of Contemporary History and Dean of the Faculty of History at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. His numerous books include Die Entschädigung von NS-Zwangsarbeit am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts. Die Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” und ihre Partnerorganisationen (ed. in cooperation with José Brunner, Krzysztof Ruchniewicz und Philipp Ther), 4 vol., Göttingen: Wallstein, 2012; „Keine neue Gestapo“. Das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und die NS-Vergangenheit (together with Michael Wala), Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2015; Compensation in Practice. The Foundation „Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“ and the Legacy of Forced Labour During the Third Reich (ed.), New York: Berghahn, 2017.



Prof. Krzysztof Ruchniewicz – Historical studies at the University of Wroclaw, the University of Saarland (Saarbrücken) and the University of Marburg; master thesis (1991): “Enno Meyer a Polska i Polacy. Z badań nad początkami Wspólnej Komisji Podręcznikowej PRL-RFN'”(“Enno Meyer vis-a-vis Poland and the Poles. The beginnings of the German-Polish Schoolbook Commission”), supervisor: prof. Wojciech Wrzesiński; PhD thesis (2000): ‘Warszawa-Berlin-Bonn. Stosunki polityczne w latach 1949-1958’ (Warsaw-Berlin-Bonn. Political relations 1949-1958), supervisor: prof. Wojciech Wrzesiński; professorial degree (habilitation 2007): ‘Polskie zabiegi o odszkodowania niemieckie w latach 1944/45-1975’ (Polish policy regarding German compensation payments 1944/45-1975); senior lecturer at the Faculty of History of the Wroclaw University (1991-2002); associate professor at the University of Wroclaw (2009-2013); ordinary professor at the University of Wroclaw (since 2013); director of the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies at the University of Wroclaw (since 2002).

In 2011 was awarded by Mr Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland, with the Gold Cross of Merit (the highest civilian award in Poland) for his contribiutions to the science.

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