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Włodzimierz Borodziej

Włodzimierz Borodziej
The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 by Włodzimierz Borodziej (book cover).jpg
Front cover of The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 by Włodzimierz Borodziej
Born (1956-09-09) September 9, 1956 (age 64)
EducationWarsaw University
OccupationPolitical analyst, academic, historian
Known forhistorical research on the World War II, especially the Warsaw Uprising

Włodzimierz Borodziej (born 9 September 1956, in Warsaw) is a Polish historian and writer specializing in contemporary European history with particular focus on Polish-German relations. Borodziej is a professor of humanistic sciences, and former prorector of the Warsaw University.


Włodzimierz Borodziej is the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Wiktor Borodziej (1929–2004) from the former Polish secret police Służba Bezpieczeństwa who reportedly helped his son acquire German high school education in Berlin and in Vienna while serving abroad.[1] Discussion of his father and his involvement with the secret operation Żelazo (Iron) against political targets in Western Europe,[2] has caused some controversy in Polish academia, as some comentators see it as irrelevant, and an attempt to discredit his son's work due to family background.[2]

Włodzimierz Borodziej graduated with a master's degree from the Warsaw University in 1979. In 1984 Borodziej received a title of Doctor of Philosophy from his own alma mater, followed by habilitation earned in 1991 for his scientific treatise Poland in international relations between 1945 and 1947 (Polska w stosunkach międzynarodowych 1945-1947). In 2004 he received the title of professor of humanistic sciences at Warsaw University, where in 1999–2002 Borodziej served as prorector (deputy to university's rector).[3][4] In 2020, he awarded the Carl von Ossietzky Prize (Carl-Ossietzky-Preis) conferred by the German city of Oldenburg for his work on the Polish-German history in the 20th century.[5]


Borodziej is the author of The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 published in Polish, German and English. In his book he paints a complex picture of the everyday life in the embattled city, describes the Home Army operations, as well as supply situation and medical challenges in the capital.[6]

Selected publications

  • Włodzimierz Borodziej (1985), Terror i polityka : policja niemiecka a polski ruch oporu w GG 1939-1944, ISBN 83-211-0718-4.
  • Włodzimierz Borodziej (1990), Od Poczdamu do Szklarskiej Poręby: Polska w stosunkach międzynarodowych 1945-1947, ISBN 0-906601-77-0.
  • Włodzimierz Borodziej at al (1999), Polska i Niemcy: krótki przewodnik po historii sąsiedztwa, ISBN 83-910344-0-2.
  • Włodzimierz Borodziej (2001), Der Warschauer Aufstand 1944, ISBN 3-10-007806-3.
  • Włodzimierz Borodziej (2006), The Warsaw Uprising of 1944, ISBN 0-299-20730-7.
  • Włodzimierz Borodziej (2009), Gdyby... całkiem inna historia Polski: historia kontrfaktyczna, ISBN 978-83-247-1676-0.
  • (co-author) (2015), Nasza wojna. Europa Środkowo-Wschodnia 1912–1916. Tom 1. Imperia.


  1. ^ Tadeusz Olszak (2009-11-17). "Z gwiazdozbioru Wywiadu PRL" (in Polish). Gazeta Polska. Archived from the original on November 20, 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ewa Milewicz (2008-09-19). "Jak IPN załatwił prof. Borodzieja" (in Polish). Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  3. ^ Włodzimierz Borodziej at Nauka Polska database of Polish scientists.
  4. ^ Włodzimierz Borodziej at the Institute of History of Warsaw University.
  5. ^ "Polak otrzymał prestiżową niemiecką nagrodę" (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  6. ^ Jan C. Behrends (2003). "W. Borodziej: Der Warschauer Aufstand" (in German). Rezension zu: Der Warschauer Aufstand 1944, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 20.02.2003. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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