Declassification of the archives of the former intelligence services of Polish MIA (Scandinavian issues).
Strictly controlled, or available to the public? The debate on the of archives of former communist secret services and practical solutions. The case of Poland after the transition to democracy
PhD, historian, the graduate of the Historical Institute of the University of Warsaw, the employee of the Department of Archival Research and Source Edition of the Archives of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw. Author of the in depth monography „Wywiad cywilny Polski Ludowej w latach 1945-1961” [Civil Intelligence of People's Poland in the years 1945-1961”] (Warsaw 2017, vol. 1-2).
The Espionage connected to the Soviet prisoners of war graves in North Norway 1945-51
(born 1965), Ph.D. in History,
2016-present – senior researcher at the Historical Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Warsaw. Co-organizer of the “Need to Know” international conferences since 2011 together with Anna Piekarska (presently deputy director of the Museum of Polish History) and Thomas W. Friis (University of Southern Denmark). A former member of the editorial board of „Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość” (bi-annually of IPN), member of the editorial board “Wywiad i kontrwywiad Polski XX w.” (Polish intelligence and counterintelligence in XXth Century, published annually). He published on Polish-Russian relations, intelligence and counter-intelligence of Polish underground during the German occupation of Poland, and Polish communist intelligence. His in depth monograph (800 pages) on the Polish communist intelligence operations against the Holy See (Vatican) in the period from 1962 to 1978 is due to appear in autumn 2019.
Polish Intelligence and Danish Counterintelligence.
Marte Stavrum Fagertun
Assistant professor/Lecturer in History at Nord University Bodø
Delivered master’s thesis spring 2018 with the titel: “Forgotten memories? Operation Asphalt, captain Arntzen and seven types of forgetfulness”
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Polish Military Intelligence in Norway (70s and 80s)
Thomas Wegener Friis
Ph.d., Associate Professor at the Center for Cold War Studies of the University of Southern Denmark. He is co-founder and co-organizer of the Need to Know conference series which have convened yearly since 2011. In the last few years, he has been vising scholar at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr, University of Uppsala, the Institute of Nationale Remembrance, and the Bar-Ilan University. He is Regional Editor of for Northern and Central Europe for “Intelligence, Security and Public affairs” and guest editor of “International Journal for Intelligence and National Security”. His main fields of research are intelligence and security of the Cold War in Northern Europe, Foreign relation of Denmark, and Central- and Eastern European history.
Open Government versus National Security
Ph. D. research fellow at the Historic Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and Assistant Professor at the War Studies University, Department of Terrorism Studies in Warsaw. He received his Ph.D. from the Warsaw University, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science in 2016. He is currently conducting research on Polish intelligence services, on relations between Communist Poland, the Middle East, African countries, on factions within the Polish United Workers’ Party, and the ties between the Soviet Bloc and international terrorism during the Cold War.
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Oversight of Security Archives
MA MLIS has been involved with Canada’s Federal archives since 1989, first with the Directorate of History at the Department of National Defence, before joining what is now Library and Archives Canada in 1992. After a number of years as an Access to Information Analyst, specialising in applying the Access to Information Act to some of Canada’s National Archives most highly classified records, and two years as an archivist working with the personal papers of Canadian politicians, he became an archivist responsible for Federal Government records.
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What sources on security services’ history could foreign researchers find in Estonia?
Dr. Constant Hijzen is an Assistant Professor in Intelligence Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Institute for History at Leiden University (the Netherlands). He is head of the research group of Intelligence and Security of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. He is also affiliated to the Institute for History of Leiden University. In his dissertation, he focused on the political, bureaucratic, and societal context of the Dutch security services. His current research focuses on the way Western security services lived through a paradigm shift from communism to terrorism as the most important target (1968-present).
Richard Bodin and Vardø Etat - A Comintern Intelligence Service Gateway
is the Head of Security & Resilience Programme and Research Fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security since 2017. Previously he has been a practitioner in the field of security for more than 13 years. Amongst other positions in Estonian public service, he has been an adviser at the National Security and Defence Coordination Unit of the Estonian Government Office and head of the Internal Security Institute of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.
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Polish communist military intelligence and counterintelligence in Scandinavia during the Cold War. Archival documentation. Reconstruction of operational activities.
MA in history and anthropology & MLIS. Archivist at The Workers’ Museum & The Labour Movement’s Library and Archive in Copenhagen since 2002. His main archival/study field is Danish left-wing organisations and politicians, especially the communist movement. He has published articles and books about the Danish Communist Party, communists biographies, Danish-Soviet relations, the Comintern and the October Revolution. He is co-editor of the historical journal Arbejderhistorie and is currently working on a project about the clandestine activities of the Comintern in Scandinavia.
Fear of Spies stops air route!
Employee of the Katowice branch of the Institute of National Remembrance. He specializes in the history of military intelligence and counterintelligence of the People's Republic of Poland during the Cold War. It also deals with multilateral and bilateral cooperation of relevant services of the Soviet bloc.
Author and editor of „Instructions for counterintelligence work of the Military Internal Service along with instructions for keeping documentation and records (1957-1990)” (Cracow, 2010) and „Internal regulations of the Military Internal Service (military counterintelligence)” (Cracow, 2018).
Polish Secret Service Artefacts
Karl Lorentz Kleve
Karl Lorentz Kleve is Curator at the Norwegian National Aviation Museum, where he is working with research, collections and exhibitions. He has been the organizers of several academic conferences and has presented papers on conferences in Norway and abroad. He has taught students at Nord University, and gives lectures on aviation history inside and outside of the museum.
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The story of the Berlin Spy Tunnel and it´s presentaion at the Allied Museum
Institute of National Remembrance in Cracow, Poland, Scientific Research Department
1994–1999: M. A. degree in History, Jagiellonian University
2005 – 2012: Ph. D. degree, Jagiellonian University – 16 III 2012
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"Strictly controlled, or available to the public? The debate on the of archives of former communist secret services and practical solutions. The case of Poland after the transition to democracy".
Bernd von Kostka
Job title: Curator and Member of the Academic Staff (former Acting Director)Alliierten Museum Berlin (Allied Museum Berlin)
Biography: Bernd von Kostka – Biography (2018) was born in Germany 1962 and studied History, Political Science and Administrative Law (often referred to as Public Law) in Trier/Germany and Stafford/Great Britain. Since 1994 he is a member of the Academic Staff at the Allied Museums, Berlin. From 04.2016 – 03.2018 he also was the Acting Director of the Museum.
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"Red spies": Preserving the SovietSecret Service Cold War Archives in contemporary Ukraine
(1977), Ph.D., scientist and manager; has worked for the Institute of National Remembrance since 2001. Between 2007 and 2010 as a Deputy Director of the Office for Preservation and Dissemination of Archival Records and a Director between 2010- 2016. Since September 2016 he has held the post of the Deputy Director of the Historical Research Office. In 2016 he took on the position of the Director of the Centre for Informatics Technology at the Ministry of Digital Affairs. Currently, he is an Expert at the Ministry of Digital Affairs. From January 2017 he is the Director of the IT Office at the IPN.
He is an author, co-author and editor of over 100 scientific and popular science publications on Polish contemporary history and the management of the archives of the communist Security Service. He has participated in many international scientific conferences in Poland and abroad. He has published articles on the accountability for the totalitarian past and the remembrance of victims of totalitarian regimes. He is the author of the first implemented endeavour for the digitisation of the Archives of the Institute of National Remembrance.
From 2012 to 2013 he was invited by Tunisian state institutions as an expert for workshops preparing Tunisian state administrative institutions and non-governmental organisations for the procedures to hold Ben Ali’s dictatorial regime to account.
During 2010-2016 he chaired the Polish-Ukrainian working group of historians and archivists who prepared research papers for a series of publications entitled “Poland and Ukraine in the 20s and 30s of 20th Century. Unknown Documents from the Archives of the Secret Services”. He is also a member of the Polish-Georgian, Polish-Lithuanian and Polish-Romanian working groups.
Intelligence materials from Soviet archives (on the example of German and Austrian issues)
(Chief Scientific Fellow,
State Branch Archive of Security Service of Ukraine)
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"Red Spies": Preserving the Soviet Secret Services Cold War Archives in Contemporary Ukraine
Doz. Mag. Dr. Peter Ruggenthaler, born 1976, read History and Slavic Studies. Deputy director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences, Graz, Austria. Member of the Russian-Austrian Historians’ Commission (since 2008).
Coordinator of several international research projects on Soviet history and Neutrality in the Cold War. Author or editor of more than 20 books. His publications include “The Concept of Neutrality in Stalin´s Foreign Policy, 1945-53”. Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series (2015), Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series (Co-editor, 2010).
Democracy and Secret files: Inside Germany´s west/east, west/west and east/east divide
Associate Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Membership in the Editorial Boards of Scholarly Journals
· “Karo Archivas” (Vilnius, Lithuania)
· “Latvijas Universitātes Žurnāls. Vēsture” (Riga, Latvia)
· “Visnyk Kyivskoho Natsionalnoho Universytetu imeni Tarasa Shevchenka. Istoriia” (Kyiv, Ukraine)
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Dr. Bernd Schaefer, MPA
Woodrow Wilson International Center, Cold War International History Project,
Areas of Specialization
International Cold War History, German History, 20th Century Foreign Relations