Major Family Archive

collection Major Family Archive
authors Bogdan Major
starring Andrzej Buja; Bogdan Major; Maria Major; Elżbieta Nikl; Janusz Nikl; Anna Szumigaj; Bartłomiej Szumigaj; Elżbieta Szumigaj; Lech Szumigaj; Wojciech Szemryk; Agnieszka Zarzycka; Renata Wójcik
length 06'53
country Poland
locations Gdańsk, Poland  Sopot, Poland  Licheń, Poland  Częstochowa, Poland  Sanctuary of Our Lady of Częstochowa on Jasna Góra, Poland 
year 1988
format S8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0028 006

The author of the film is Bogdan Major (born in 1945), who, after graduating from the Faculty of Electronics at the Warsaw University of Technology, worked professionally as an electronics engineer in semiconductor technology in Toruń. From an early age he was interested in photography, and during his studies he was involved with the “Stodoła” Film Production Club, the “Kwant” Film Discussion Club, student radio broadcasters and, together with his wife Maria, the Literary Section of Radio Maryja. Bogdan bought his first camera after university to document family and social life. Maria’s brother-in-law Lech Szumigaj is also the author of some of the films or parts of them.

Part 1 

A film made during a trip to Gdańsk in 1988. Shots of the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970. Lech Szumigaj with his children Ania and Bartek, his school friend Wojtek Szemryk and Agnieszka Zarzycka walk around the city and see, among others, St. Brigid’s Church, the market square, Neptune’s Fountain, the zoo and Oliwa Cathedral. Ania and Bartek pose to the camera by one of the ships moored on the Motława river and by the Sopot pier. 

Part 2 

Film shot during the Domestic Church pilgrimage to Jasna Góra. Bogdan with Maria, Lech and Elżbieta Szumigaj and Renata Wójcik take part in the mass in the jasnogórskie commons.

Part 3

Film shot during the Domestic Church pilgrimage from Sępólno Krajeńskie to Licheń. The Majors, together with Elżbieta and Janusz Nikla and Father Andrzej Buja, climb the Licheń Golgotha and pose to the camera against a background of trees.


keywords Sanctuary of Our Lady of Częstochowa on Jasna Góra  Calvary of Licheń  Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń  Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970  Oliwa Cathedral  Church of St. Brygida  Motława  market square  Neptune's Fountain  Crane  ship  pier  sea  summer  sightseeing  tourism  pilgrimage  family  family life  religious life  religion  faith 
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage