Nathalie Vogel joined the Kosciuszko Chair at The Institute of World Politics as a fellow in fall 2013, where she conducts a project on Cossack military history.
Ms. Vogel is a German political scientist who has dedicated her career to the defense and the promotion of democracy and democratic movements around the world.
Ms. Vogel was born in a White Russian émigré family, to a French father and a mother of Cossack origin. She was raised in France and studied in Iceland, Germany and Austria. She is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Innsbruck. Until 2005, she taught international relations at the University of Bonn, Germany. She served as a project officer and consultant for youth and civil society at the NATO Office in Moscow (2005/06). Ms. Vogel is a political consultant for youth branches of political parties and student movements in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Latin America. She is an advisor to several think tanks in Central Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caucasus.
Her main fields of expertise are intercultural communication and grassroots movements in challenging environments. She also specialized in the studies of far Left and far Right extremism in Germany and Austria. Ms. Vogel is a passionate linguist, reader and traveler. She serves as a reserve officer in the German Air Force and works at the George Shultz National Affairs Training Center (FSI).
Tomasz Krzysztof Sommer is a non-resident Research Fellow with the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics.
Dr. Sommer is a Polish writer, journalist and publisher, and editor-in-chief of weekly magazine Najwyższy CZAS. Dr. Sommer graduated from the University of Warsaw Department of Journalism and Political Science and received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. He resides in Warsaw.
Dr. Sommer began his career writing for Warsaw daily Express Wieczorny. Later, he worked as journalist for Academic Weekly “Auditorium” and newspapers Nowy Świat, andŻycie. In 1995, he became a contributing writer to weekly magazines Najwyższy CZAS and Lux. In the following year, Dr. Sommer became the editor-in-chief of Lux and subsequently a deputy chief of Najwyższy CZAS (1996-1999 and 2004-2007); and its editor-in-chief (in 1999-2003 and, from 2007 until now). He also writes for the Foreign Department of Super Express. In 2002, Dr. Sommer co-founded 2S Media group which owns the monthlyGIGA Sport, published also in German since 2004 as the GIGA Sport – Deutschland. In 2007, along with business partners, Sommer took over the weekly magazine Najwyższy CZAS.
Aside from his professional work as a writer, Dr. Sommer participates in political life, and is the vice-president of the Globalization Institute, a free-market think tank based in Gliwice, ranked as one of the most important policy institutes in Poland by Warsaw Difin publishers’ in 2011, and awarded First Prize by newspaper Gazeta Finansowa in 2009. In 2009, Dr. Sommer ran in European Parliament elections, on the list of KW Libertas for Gdańsk constituency, and in 2010 became involved with political party Wolność i Praworządność (Freedom and Lawfulness) during elections for Warsaw city hall.
Tomasz Sommer is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking book entitled Rozstrzelać Polaków. Ludobójstwo Polaków w Związku Sowieckim w latach 1937-1938. Dokumenty z Centrali (Execute the Poles: The Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union (1937-1938). Documents from Headquarters”), devoted to a little-known chapter of Soviet-Polish history with official documents made available only after the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc communist states. The documents, containing the NKVD Order No. 00485 which led to execution of 111,091 ethnic Poles in the USSR, came from the Memorial (society) in Moscow. They were first published in Polish by Tomasz Sommer.
Poza Unią jest życie (There’s life outside the EU), Arwil, Warsaw 2004 (with Miłosz Marczuk)
Czy można usprawiedliwić podatki? (Is it possible to justify taxes?), 3S Media, Warsaw 2006, ISBN 978-83-923894-6-0
Korwin – wolnościowiec z misją (Korwin – libertarian with a mission), 3S Media, Warsaw 2009
Michalkiewicz – nie bójcie się prawdy (Michalkiewicz – do not be afraid of the truth), 3S Media, Warsaw 2009, ISBN 978-83-7673-008-0
Absurdy Unii Europejskiej (Absurdities of the European Union), Vesper, Poznań 2009
Rozstrzelać Polaków. Ludobójstwo Polaków w Związku Sowieckim – dokumenty z centrali (Shoot the Poles. Genocide of Poles in the Soviet Union – the documents from the headquarters), 3S Media, Warsaw 2010 (development and translation), ISBN 978-83-7673-020-2
Wolniewicz – zdanie własne (Wolniewicz – one’s own opinion), 3S Media, Warsaw 2010