Martin Pollack was born in Bad Hall in the Austrian state of Upper Austria in 1944, and studied Slavonic studies and Eastern European history. He worked as an editor for Spiegel magazine in Vienna and Warsaw until 1998. Since then, he has worked as a freelance author, journalist, and translator. In 2007 he was honored for his translations from Polish into German, receiving the Karl Dedecius Prize. Pollack has also received numerous other awards and prizes, including the “Angelus” Polish literature prize in 2007, and the Georg Dehio Prize in 2010 for his depiction of the joint history shared by Germany and its Eastern neighbors.