Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe

Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe is a research associate at the Freie Universität Berlin.

He studied at the Viadrina European University and holds a PhD in history from the University of Hamburg. He published several books, articles, and edited three volumes about the Holocaust in East Central Europe, transnational fascism in Western and Eastern Europe, and the history of multiethnic cities. He was a fellow of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Jewish Claims Conference, the Zentrum für Holocaust-Studien, the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, and the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research. Currently he researches the history of the Polish city mayors in the General Government.

Research project: Polish City Mayors and the Administration of the General Government: Holocaust, Occupation, and Collaboration

Combining a micro historical approach with a collective biography, this project investigates the behavior of Polish city mayors in the General Government. The mayors of towns and cities were an essential group of officials in the administrative apparatus of the General Government. The Germans needed their assistance to effectively occupy this part of Poland and to realize their political goals, including the murder of the Jews and the exploitation of the country. The mayors served as a junction between the lower ranks of the administration, such as village and rural community leaders, the Polish police and commissions for collecting food and labor quotas, and the upper ranks such as Hans Frank’s government in Cracow and four district governors.

The mayors played an important role during the persecution of Jews and they supported the Germans by the occupation and exploitation of the country. Although over 700 Polish mayors worked in the General Government, no single academic study has ever been published about them.  

Dates of stay: 01 October 2020 - 28 February 2021