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Anne Elizabeth Applebaum
Born 25 July 1964 (1964-07-25) (age 45)[1]
Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington, D.C.
Nationality  United States
Education B.A. 1986 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
M.Sc., 1987
Alma mater Yale
London School of Economics
Occupation journalist
Home town Washington, D.C.
Known for prize winning writings on former Soviet Union and its satellite countries
Spouse(s) Radosław Sikorski since June 27, 1992
Children Alexander, Tadeusz
Parents Harvey M. Applebaum
Elizabeth (Bloom) Applebaum
Anne Applebaum

Anne Elizabeth Applebaum (born July 25, 1964 in Washington, D.C.) is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She has been an editor at The Economist, and a member of the editorial board of the Washington Post (2002–2006). She is married to Foreign Minister of Poland Radosław Sikorski.


Early life

Her parents are Harvey M. Applebaum, a Covington and Burling partner, and Elizabeth Applebaum of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She graduated from the Sidwell Friends School (1982). She earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) at Yale University (1986), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. As a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics she earned a master's degree in international relations (1987).[3] She studied at St Antony's College, Oxford before moving to Warsaw, Poland in 1988 as a correspondent for The Economist.[4]


She was an editor at The Spectator, and a columnist for both the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She also wrote for The Independent. Working for The Economist, she provided coverage of important social and political transitions in Eastern Europe, both before and after the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 1992 she was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award.

Applebaum lived in London and Warsaw during the 1990s, and was for several years a widely read columnist for London's Evening Standard newspaper. She wrote about the workings of Westminster, and opined on issues foreign and domestic.

Applebaum's first book, Between East and West, is a travelogue, and was awarded an Adolph Bentinck Prize in 1996.[5] Her second book, Gulag: A History, was published in 2003 and was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction writing.[5][6]

Applebaum is fluent in English, French, Polish and Russian.[citation needed]

On May 24, 2006, she wrote that she was leaving Washington to live again in Poland.[7]

Applebaum was a George Herbert Walker Bush/Axel Springer Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, in spring 2008.[8][9]

In a short blog posting in September 2009, Applebaum condemned the 2009 arrest of Roman Polanski.[10][11] Critics claimed that she minimized Polanski's crimes and did not disclose that her husband was seeking his release.[12][13][14][15][16][17] She responded in a second blog post that she had previously disclosed her husband's job, was not a spokesman for him, and "had no idea that the Polish government would or could lobby for Polanski's release".[11]

Personal life

Applebaum married Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski in 1992. They have two sons: Alexander and Tadeusz.[18]



  1. ^ Petrone, Justine. "Interview with Anne Applebaum". City Paper. BALTIC NEWS LTD. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Anne Applebaum". Contemporary Authors Online (updated 11/30/2005. ed.). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. 2008 [2006]. H1000119613. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  Reproduced in Biography Resource Center.
  3. ^ "Anne E. Applebaum to Wed in June". New York Times (New York City). 1991-12-08. Retrieved 2008-04-23. "...summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa." 
  4. ^ "Anne Applebaum". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ a b "From concentration camps to cotton". Idaho Mountain express and guide.. Express publishing inc.. 2005-03-25. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ "The 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winners General Nonfiction". Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  7. ^ So Long, Washington (for Now) by Anne Applebaum, Washington Post, 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-04-23
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  10. ^ Anne Applebaum, Sept. 27, 2009, The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  11. ^ a b Anne Applebaum, Sept. 29, 2009, Reaction to Roman Polanski. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  12. ^ Glenn Greenwald,, Post editors should read their own columnists. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  13. ^ Katha Pollitt wrote that Applebaum "overlooks the true nature of the crime (drugs, forced anal sex, etc)". Katha Pollitt, Chicago Tribune, What's with these friends of a rapist?. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  14. ^ Ron Radosh, Pajamas Media, Can We Still Trust Anne Applebaum? Her Irrational Defense of Polanski. Retrieved on 2006-10-06.
  15. ^ Jillian York, Huffington Post, Oct. 1, 2009, Anne Applebaum, Child Rape Apologist?. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  16. ^ Jamison Foser, Media Matters for America, Sept. 30, 2009, WaPo's Applebaum defends her defense of child rapist. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  17. ^ Kate Harding, Sept. 28, 2009,, Reminder: Roman Polanski Raped a Child. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  18. ^ "Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. 2008-04-23.,of,Foreign,Affairs,Radoslaw,Sikorski,13614.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. "Radosław Sikorski is married to journalist and writer Anne Applebaum, who won the 2004 Pulitzer prize for her book “Gulag: A History”. They have two sons: Aleksander and Tadeusz." 

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