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Anne Elizabeth Applebaum (born 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 Radoslaw Sikorski.

Early life

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


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 Warsawmarker during the 1990s, and was for several years a widely read columnist for London's Evening Standard newspaper. She wrote about the workings of Westminstermarker, 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. Her second book, Gulag: A History, was published in 2003 and was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction writing.

Applebaum is fluent in English, French, Polish and Russian. She is married to Radosław Sikorski, the Polishmarker Minister of Foreign Affairs. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.

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

Applebaum was a George Herbert Walker Bush/Axel Springer Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germanymarker, in spring 2008.

In September 2009, Applebaum wrote two opinion pieces condemning the 2009 arrest of Roman Polanski. Critics claimed that she minimized Polanski's crimes and did not disclose that her husband was seeking his release. She responded 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".

Personal Life

Applebaum married Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in 1992. They have two sons: Alexander and Tadeusz.



  1. So Long, Washington (for Now) by Anne Applebaum, Washington Post, 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-04-23
  4. Anne Applebaum, Sept. 27, 2009, The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  5. Anne Applebaum, Sept. 29, 2009, Reaction to Roman Polanski. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  6. Glenn Greenwald,, Post editors should read their own columnists. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  7. 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.
  8. Ron Radosh, Pajamas Media, Can We Still Trust Anne Applebaum? Her Irrational Defense of Polanski. Retrieved on 2006-10-06.
  9. Jillian York, Huffington Post, Oct. 1, 2009, Anne Applebaum, Child Rape Apologist?. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  10. Jamison Foser, Media Matters for America, Sept. 30, 2009, WaPo's Applebaum defends her defense of child rapist. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  11. Kate Harding, Sept. 28, 2009,, Reminder: Roman Polanski Raped a Child. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.

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