Adam Daniel Rotfeld

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Adam Daniel Rotfeld (born March 4, 1938 in Przemyślany , Poland , today Ukraine ) is a Polish scientist and diplomat and former Foreign Minister .

Adam Daniel Rotfeld (2005)


Adam Daniel Rotfeld comes from a Jewish family. His parents were murdered by German National Socialists in 1943 , and he himself survived in a Studite monastery. In 1951 he moved to Poland, where he studied at the Warsaw University of Diplomacy from 1955 to 1960 and completed a postgraduate course in journalism by 1962. From 1961 to 1989 he worked at the Polish Institute for International Relations in Warsaw. In 1969 he received his doctorate from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow on the right of peoples to self-determination in modern international law. In 2001 he was appointed professor at the University of Warsaw by the then Polish President .

After the political change in Poland, he went to the International Institute for Peace Research SIPRI in Stockholm as a research project manager . He stayed there until he joined the Polish government as Undersecretary of State in the Foreign Ministry in June 2002. In 2003 he became State Secretary in the Foreign Office and between January and November 2005 succeeded Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (SLD) as Polish Foreign Minister.

He is a member of the European Leadership Network .

Adam Daniel Rotfeld was married to Barbara Sikorska-Rotfeld (died 2006) and is the father of a daughter born in 1971.


  • Adam Daniel Rotfeld: In the beginning there was the word . In: Martin Doerry (Ed.): Nowhere and everywhere at home. Conversations with survivors of the Holocaust . Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Munich 2006. ISBN 3-421-04207-1 . Pp. 78-87.

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