Matuszni Family Archive

collection Matuszni Family Archive
authors Antoni Matuszny
starring Elżbieta Matuszna; Karol Pawlik; Franciszek Wojciuch
length 02'16
location Poland
year 1982
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0015 023
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Antoni Matuszny, who came from the Beskid village of Laliki, was interested in photography since he was a child. As he recalls, he wanted to save the life of his family and the countryside in the 1970s from oblivion. At the age of thirteen, he bought the first camera, and when he was 24 – the camera of the Soviet Quarz 5.

Film shot on 1 September 1982 near the “Wędrowiec” fort in Węgierska Górka. Representatives of the authorities, invited guests and inhabitants of the commune take part in the solemn celebrations organized every year to commemorate the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland. Also taking part in the celebrations there are members of Antoni’s family – his father-in-law Franciszek Wojciuch, his wife Elżbieta and his cousin Karol Pawlik. During the celebrations, representatives of the authorities unveil a monument and award veterans with medals. One of the men honored on that day is Karol Pawlik.  

(KN, AT)


keywords Poland, Węgierska Górka, fort “Wędrowiec”, World War II, anniversary, celebrations, fort “Wędrowiec” fort, veterans, medals, monument