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International scientific conference on the 100th anniversary of Polish-Danish diplomatic relations - Warsaw, 25-26 November 2019

A two-day international scientific conference "Just across the sea - 100 years of Polish-Danish diplomatic relations" co-organized by the Institute of National Remembrance took place at the University of Warsaw. Prince Frederick, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Denmark, accompanied by his wife, Princess Maria, took part in the opening of the event.


The conference program covers all Polish-Danish relations during the last century, in the field of diplomacy, intelligence, military affairs as well as economic and cultural relations.

The Institute of National Remembrance was one of the co-organizers of the event with its employees taking an active part in the panel discussion and delivering speeches . The IPN has been cooperating with scientific research facilities in Denmark for many years. Since 2008, the Institute has been working side by side with the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (SDU) and the Cold War Research Center. The Cold War Museum in Langeland is also one of IPN’s partners who, together with a group ofDanish students, were present during the event.




Welcoming address
Marcin Pałys, Rector of the University of Warsaw

Key note
Thomas Wegener Friis, University of Southern Denmark

Guests of Honor
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Krzysztof Szczerski, Chief of Cabinet of President of Poland

14.15-15.30 PANEL 1
Polish-Danish diplomatic relations

Chair: Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Polish Ambassador to Denmark

Grażyna Szelągowska, University of Warsaw, In the Beginning…18th century Poland as a part of Danish foreign policy and diplomacy

Steen Andersen, Danish National Archive, Establishment of relations

Pawel Jaworski, University of Wrocław, Polish-Danish relations 1919-1939

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-17:00 PANEL 2

Turning points in relations
Chair: Simon M. Torp, University of Southern Denmark

Włodzimierz Borodziej, University of Warsaw, Denmark and Poland 1939-1945: some remarks in a comparative approach

Wladyslaw Bulhak, Institute of National Remembrance, Intelligence and Diplomacy. Polish-Danish relations during the II World War

Niels Bo Poulsen, Royal Danish Defense Academy, A fresh start. Danish-Polish military cooperation since the end of the Cold War


9:00-10:15 PANEL 3

Relations before World War II
Chair: Włodzimierz Borodziej, University of Warsaw

Mogens Rostgaard Nissen, Danish Central Library in Southern Slesvig, Minorities of Prussia

Michalina Petelska, University of Gdansk, Brandes in Poland

Agata Lubowicka, University of Gdansk/University of Tromsø, Polish and Danish Arctic explorers

Jan. S. Ciechanowski, University of Warsaw, Polish envoys to Denmark 1919-1940

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 PANEL 4

Cold War across the sea
Chair: Kazimierz Musiał, University of Gdańsk

Jacek Tebinka, University of Gdansk, Denmark and Poland within the NATO and the Warsaw Pact

Przemysław Gasztold, Institute of National Remembrance/War Studies University, Polish Military Intelligence in Denmark

Peer Henrik Hansen, Museum Langeland, The Project Denmark-Poland

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:15 PANEL 5
Human Relations across the Iron Curtain

Chair: Erik Kulavig, University of Southern Denmark

Marianne Rostgaard, Aalborg University, Polish-Danish cultural exchange during the Cold War

Svend Gottschalk Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Scholarship through the Iron Curtain

Włodzimierz (Wladimir) Herman, Theatre director, Denmark as refuge for victims of the “antizionist” campaign

Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha, Copenhagen Business School, Danish Foreign policy seen from Poland

14:15-14:45 Break


14:45-16:00 PANEL 6
Perspectives after the Fall of Communism

Chair: Marcin Terlikowski, Polish Institute of International Affairs

Tadeusz Pilch, University of Warsaw, The „Folkehøjskole” in Poland

Bogusława Sochańska, Danish Cultural Institute, The Danish Cultural Institute in Poland

Kinga Raś, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Polish-Danish relations in the 21st century

19.00 Reading theatre: Erasmus Montanus by Ludvig Holberg
translated and directed by Włodzimierz (Wladimir) Herman

Place: Palace on the Isle in Łazienki Gardens
hosted by the Danish Cultural Institute


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