The first German Historical Institute to be established after
the fall of the iron curtain the German Historical Institute
Warsaw took full account of the significance of the German-
Polish relationship. Since 1993 it has been promoting communication,
cooperation and the transfer of historical research
between Germany and Poland, and supporting historical
discourse on a national and international level. In 2002 the
institute moved into a listed town house, a rare example of
a Warsaw building that was able to survive World War II

German Historical Institute Warsaw

Palac Karnickich
Aleje Ujazdowskie 39
00-540 Warsaw
Tel. +48 225 258 300
Fax +48 225 258 337


After 1989 the opportunity arose to found a DHI in eastern Europe. Poland was chosen as a country with which Germany has had centuries of close but also particularly difficult relations.

The task of the DHI in Warsaw is to study the history of Poland, German-Polish relations, issues of comparative history of Poland and Germany as well as historiography. Also Jewish history, an integral component of the history of both nations, represents an area of research for the institute. It publishes study conclusions, source editions as well as historical studies in German and in Polish translation. Furthermore the DHI organises diverse academic events and promotes young academic scholars through scholarships and colloquia. The institute also distributes information and mediates academic contacts.

Founded: 1993; Positions: 28 (average number according to recorded information, including project staff)

Areas of research
History of Poland and German-Polish relations in a European and International context and covering all periods and a wide range of subjects

Library: approx. 73,200 media items. In its series "Klio in Polen" and "Klio w Niemczech" the German Historical Institute Warsaw presents German and Polish translations of important publications on European, Polish and German history that have until now only been available in their original language

Promotion of young academics
Scholarships, internships

Einzelveröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Warschau, Quellen und Studien des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Warschau, Klio in Polen, Klio w Niemczech, Lelewel-Gespräche (online), Monographien

Lectures, colloquia, "Lelewel-Gespräche", conferences, book presentations

Academic Advisory Council