Dr hab. Grzegorz Berendt, professor of the University of Gdańsk (born 1964), has been associated with the Institute of History of this university since 1985, as part of it currently within the Department of the History of Culture of Political Thought. As a historian, he has conducted research on the history of Polish Jews and other groups of Gdańsk Pomerania's population in the 20th century. He is the author of approximately 90 scientific publications and over 30 popular science publications. His scientific achievements include three independent monographs and the co-authorship of seven books. He has investigated the history of Gdańsk, Lębork, Puck, Pruszcz Gdański and Kashubian rural municipalities. His recent scientific projects concern the extermination of Jews in Polesie and Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust. Outside of Poland, he has conducted archival and library research in Belarus and Ukraine, in Denmark, Finland, Israel, Germany and the United States. He is a member of the Polish Historical Society, the Gdańsk Scientific Society and the Kashub Institute. He is the chairman of the Stutthof Museum Council and a member of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Council, the Scientific Council of the Jewish Historical Institute and the Historical and Program Collegium of the European Solidarity Centre. He also belongs to the editorial office of the scientific journal of the Historical Department of the University of Gdańsk "Studia Historica Gedanensia". His breaks in professional activity were caused by military service; G. Berendt is a reserve officer in the Polish Army.
In the years 2002-2007 G. Berendt was the head of the Postgraduate History Study at the Faculty of Philology and History of the University of Gdańsk. In October 2006, he took up a second job at the Gdańsk branch of the Institute of National Remembrance-KŚZpNP. In the years 2007-2008, he coordinated enquiries conducted by several dozen people as part of the INDEX scientific project, dedicated to Polish citizens who were repressed by the German Nazi invaders for helping Jews. Following this, until March 2017, he was a supporting coordinator in this project. In October 2008, the President of the Institute of National Remembrance entrusted him with the position of head of the Branch Office of Public Education of the Institute of National Remembrance-KŚZpNP in Gdańsk, which he held until December 31, 2013, coordinating the work of 25 scientists and educators in the Tricity and Bydgoszcz, working for several million inhabitants of the Pomeranian, Kuyavian-Pomeranian and part of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodships. During the period of office as the head of the Branch Office of Public Education of the Institute of National Remembrance, he launched, among others, the so-called branch publishing series. To date, more than 50 volumes have been published under their name, mostly devoted to the history of Gdańsk Pomerania and Kuyavia in the years 1939-1990. At the beginning of 2014, he focused on scientific research on the extermination of Jews in the Borderlands of the Second Polish Republic, while still working in the Scientific Research Department of the Branch Office of Public Education of the Institute of National Remembrance in Gdańsk. From the beginning of January to the end of April 2017, he was the head of the Branch Office of Historical Research of the Institute of National Remembrance in Gdańsk.
Grzegorz Berendt is married, the Berendts have two children.
Awards and decorations:
- Distinction in the nationwide competition for the best master's degree thesis on Polish-Jewish and Israeli subject matter for the work entitled Jews in the Free City of Gdańsk 1933-1939, Warsaw 21/03/1991, organizers of the competition: the Embassy of Israel and the Polish-Israeli Friendship Society;
- The annual award of the Gdańsk Scientific Society for 1995 for outstanding achievements in the field of social and humanistic sciences for the doctoral dissertation under the title Jews in the Free City of Gdańsk in the years 1920-1945. Political, cultural and social activities. Gdańsk 1996;
- The University of Gdańsk Rector's Award for a team, first degree, for the book under the title Between emigration and endurance. Jewish Zionists and Communists in Poland after the Holocaust, Warsaw 2003;
- The University of Gdańsk Rector's Award for an individual, second degree, for the postdoctoral thesis under the title Jewish life in Poland in the years 1950-1956. From the history of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland;
- The University of Gdańsk Rector's Award for a team, second degree, for the collective work Home – meeting of the private and public space in the context of civilization changes of the 19th and 20th centuries;
- The University of Gdańsk Rector's Award for a team, first degree, for the book The History of Lębork.
Medals, Decorations and Orders:
- Golden Cross of Merit
- Medal of the National Education Commission
- Medal dedicated to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
- Medal of Khan Jalal al-Din
- Pro Memoria
- Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta
His most important works:
- Jews in the territory of the Free City of Gdańsk in the years 1920-1945 (Cultural, political and social activities), ed. Gdańsk Scientific Society, Gdańsk 1997, pp. 327;
- Jews at the Gdańsk Crossroads (1945-1950), Publishing house 44, Gdańsk 2000, pp. 211;
- Jewish life in Poland in the years 1950-1956. From the history of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland, Publishing house of the University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk 2006, pp. 402;
- Union of the Zionist Democrats "Ichud", [in:] A. Grabski, G. Berendt, Between Emigration and Endurance. Jewish Zionists and Communists in Poland after the Holocaust, ed. Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw 2003, pp. 101-223;
- Chapters V-VII, 1918-1989 [in:] The history of Puck, ed. A. Groth, Marpress Publishing House, Gdańsk 1998, pp. 242-310;
- In the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, [in:] History of Lębork, "Bernardinum" Publishing House, Lębork-Gdańsk 2009, pp. 425-554;
- In the shadow of PZPR. Activities of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland under the communist regime (1950-1989) [in:] Association of national, ethnic and postulated minorities in Poland after World War II, "Nomos" Publishing Company, Kraków 2013, pp. 171-209.