Franziska DaviesLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
Is a historian of Eastern Europe at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich who specializes in Polish, Ukrainian and Russian history. Last year she published a book together with Katja Makhotina about the “Open Wounds of Eastern Europe” which tells the story of the German war of annihilation against the peoples of Eastern Europe between 1939 and 1945. It was awarded the Bavarian Book Prize as the best non-fiction book in November 2022.
Since 2014 she has been criticising the pro-Russian narratives and colonial attitudes towards Ukraine in Germany, and since the full-scale invasion has become an outspoken supporter of Ukraine in the German public debate. In September her volume of essays “Ukraine in Europe. Dreams and Traumas of a nation” will be published with contributions to Ukraine’s history and present from renowned experts from Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Belarus and the United States.