Professor Piotr Majewski

Curriculum Vitae


Piotr M. Majewski (born 1972) works at the Warsaw University. His main scientific interests are focused on the history of Czechoslovakia and Czech lands and on the Czech-German relations in 19th and 20th century. He has conducted also research on the Polish foreign policy after 1945 and on the forced migrations in Europe during the Second World War. Since 2009 he is deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, responsible for development of the permanent exhibition. In 2009 he was a member of the Scientific Council of the exposition "Deutsche und Polen. Abgründe und Hoffnungen" in the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. In 2006/2007 he was a Gastdozent at the Ludwig-Maximilan Universität in Munich. He graduated in 1996 history at the Warsaw University, where he has continued then his scientific career (a doctorate in 2000, habilitation in 2008).


Forschungsprojekt am Kolleg


The project deals with collaboration in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the Second World War. Its main objective is to analyze forms and shades of this phenomenon respecting the changes of political and social background which took place in the course of war. The research is supposed to include not only forced cooperation of the Czech authorities with German institutions, but also the ideologically motivated collaborationism of some individuals (e.g. journalists) and of the extreme right groups, as well as the attentisme or less known and less unambiguous cases of collaboration which may be found in culture, economics and everyday life. Among questions which should be investigated especially important seem a perception of collaboration by the Czech society and the mechanisms of collaboration. What was accepted or at least tolerated as a legitimate cooperation with the occupiers and what was perceived as a national treason? What did drive particular people or groups to collaborate with Germans? How did the Third Reich authorities try to enhance a collaboration?


Main areas of research


  • History of Czechoslovakia and Czech lands
  • Czech-German relations in 19th and 20th century
  • Polish foreign policy after 1945
  • Forced migrations in Europe during the Second World War
  • Role of museums in shaping of the collective memory of the Second World War
  • History of the Warsaw University 



Positions and memberships


  • Deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War