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Born in 1971, Frank Grelka studied Eastern European History and Theater & Media Sciences at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany and Jagellonian University of Cracow, Poland. During his academic and research visits to the United States of America, Canada, Ukraine and Poland, he gained a solid knowledge of archive research methodology.

As a result of continuous demand for historic resources from Eastern European archives, he founded the HRA company in 2003.

Since 2014 Dr. Grelka is also an Academic Research Fellow aat the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at Viadrin European University on is working on a postdoc study of the negotiations for Jewish national rights in East Europe after World War I: http://www.europa-uni.de/en/forschung/institut/zip/Team/frank_grelka/index.html

Main points of research:

  • Jewish, Polish and German family research in Middle Eastern Europe
  • German-Polish and German-Ukrainian relations in 19th and 20th century
  • German occupation history in Middle Eastern Europe during the first and second world war
  • Polish and Ukrainian nationalism and interethnic violence in Middle Eastern Europe
  • Emigrants from Middle Eastern Europe to The United States of America and Canada
  Publications:

Die ukrainische Nationalbewegung unter deutscher Besatzungsherrschaft 1918 und 1941/42, Monographie, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2005.

„Jüdischer Bolschewismus“. Zur Tradition eines Feindbildes in der Ukraine unter deutscher Militärverwaltung 1918 und 1941, in: Kronenbitter et alii (Hgg.), Besatzung. Funktion und Gestalt militärischer Fremdherrschaft von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert, Paderborn 2006, S. 180 – 190.

'Zwischen Kollaborationismus, Kriminalisierung und Kanonenfutter' – die kosakische und ukrainische Rolle vom I. zum II. Weltkrieg,in: Steininger/Stadler (Hg.) „Die Kosaken im 1. und 2. Weltkrieg“, Innsbruck 2008, S. 93 - 113.

Polityka narodowościowa niemieckich władz okupacyjnych we wschodniej Polsce w latach 1941 – 1944, in: Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość 14 (2009), S. 71 – 92.

Politics and military actions of ethnic-Ukrainian collaboration for the ‚New European Order‘, in: Marina Cattaruzza/Dieter Langewiesche (Hg.) „Revisionist Politics in Europe, 1938 – 1945, Berghahn, New York & Oxford 2013. S. 126 – 141.