In Poland, Bronisław Piłsudski is remembered as the elder brother of Marshal Józef Piłsudski. Meanwhile, he is appreciated in the world as a researcher, who saved the knowledge of the Ainu culture.
His biography might make a great adventure film script. He was a participant in the conspiracy, that was supposed to lead to the assassination of the Tsar. Compromised, he was sentenced to death, which was later changed to hard labor and exile to Sakhalin — an island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Russia.
While in exile, Bronisław discovered his scientific vocation. He studied the Far Eastern people: Ainu, Gilaks, Oroks and Manguns. He designed dictionaries of their languages, took many photographs and made recordings on rotating cylinders invented by Edison.
He settled among the Ainu and got involved with Shinhinchou, with whom he later had a son, Sukezō, and a daughter, Kyō. His descendants still live today in Japan.
Danuta Onyszkiewicz, an anthropologist, photographer and traveler, and… a relative of the character of the meeting, will talk about his extraordinary life and scientific work. Our speaker is a great-granddaughter of Józef Piłsudski.
The meeting will be accompanied by a special presentation: an album with original photographs taken by Bronisław Piłsudski will come to us from Krakow, from the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.
We invite you on Thursday, June 15 at 6.00 p.m.
Tickets (PLN 10 PLN and 15 PLN) are available at the Museum ticket offices and on our website. You can also book your ticket by phone or e-mail (+48 85 672 36 00, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).