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Oleg Kozerod (Kazirod), M.A. (Hist.), Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hist.), (born 1970) is a political scientist, history researcher and Doctor of Historical Sciences. He came from a Polish-Ukrainian aristocratic family bearing the Zadora coat of arms whose go back to the twelfth century. Zbigniew of Brzezie (1360-1425), the Marszałek and Kraków starosta, was the first prominent holder of the Zadora coat of arms. Being a loyal companion-in-arms to King of Poland Władysław II Jagiełło, he served as an Ambassador to the Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg. The following figures originated from the clan of Zadora: Przecław Lanckoroński who was the first cossack Hetman to fight against the Ottoman Empire, according to Hryhorii Hrabianka’s Chronicles; Maciej Lanckoroński, castellan of Kyiv (1762-1772); Seim senator Józef Lubelski; and other notable figures of Eastern Poland and Ukraine.
According to Kasper Niesiecki's Herbarz Polski (Vol. X, pp. 14-17), these knightly arms are called Plomienczyk [the flamelet] from the aforementioned flames, and are also called Zadora after the name of the cavalier who brought them to Poland and bequeathed them to his descendants. How they were acquired in the first place the genealogists do not say, but all agree that they were brought to the Kingdom of Poland from France.
Kozerod was born in Ukraine, and is widely recognized in Europe and the CIS as a talented journalist and writer. For many years he worked as a European reporter for several news agencies, including the World Jewish News Agency, and other news companies. Kozerod graduated from Kharkiv University in 1993. Since 2000, he is a D.Sc. candidate at the Institute of Political and Ethno-national Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Since 2001, he is a visiting Fellow and Scholar at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Visiting VWS Fellow The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam (2007) and since 2008, a Academic Visitor at the European Humanities Research Center (University of Oxford).
Kozerod is an author of hundreds of scientific and op-ed articles, and several monographs, including:
- "Perelomnye gody. Evreiskaya obshina Ukrainu v 1919-1929 gg." [Life-Changing Years. Jewish Community in Ukraine 1919-1929], Kharkiv, 1998 - 161 pp
- "A.I.Denikin's regime and Jewish Population of Ukraine: 1919-1920", Kharkiv, 1997
- "Evrei Ukrainy v period novoi ekonomicheskoi politiki" [Ukrainian Jews during the New Economic Policy], Kiev, 2002 - 252 pp
- "150 evreiskyh organizazyi Velikobritanii" [150 Jewish Organizations in Great Britain], 2006 -181 pp.
- Genderni Aspekty Istorii Ukrains’kogo Evreistva na prukladi periodu 1920-kh rokiv (Gender Aspects of the History of Ukrainian Jewry, the Case of the 1920s). Kyiv: Raduga, 2013.- 104 pp.
- Istoriografichni Problemy evreiskoi istorii i filosofii (Historiographical problems of Jewish history and philosophy). Kyiv: Raduga, 2014.- 190 pp.
- Jewish national community in the context of the integration of Ukrainian society (Kyiv, 2014.- 376 p., coauthored).
Kozerod is an expert in the history of Ukraine, in the field of contemporary policy and national security of Great Britain and the European Union, including the history of the 20th century, terrorism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and interethnic relations. In 1996, he defended a Ph.D thesis on historiography of the White Movement in Ukraine. In 2009, Kozerod defended a D.Sc. thesis on the history of Ukrainian Jewry.
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