Włodzimierz Borodziej

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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 62)
Warsaw, Polish People's Republic
Nationality Polish
Education Warsaw University
Occupation Political analyst, academic, historian
Known for historical 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]


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.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 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.


  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). Wyborcza.pl. 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. ^ 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.