ARCHIVE DISCOVERY: TADEO BORTNOWSKI IN WWII

ARCHIVE DISCOVERY: TADEO BORTNOWSKI IN WWII

The Lumiton Archive works every day to enhance the value of the collections, assets, and various archives that have made their way to the Museum over the years. As our work progresses, we improve our cataloging and preservation systems, along with expanding our knowledge and research on the materials comprising the Archive.

Amidst the process of digitizing film material, we stumbled upon a small 35mm reel from Tadeo Bortnowsky‘s collection, housed in a canister labeled “various discards.” We never would have imagined it was a film, dating back to the forties, showcasing Tadeo himself receiving accolades for filming on the battlefront during World War II. It’s a snippet from a promotional video depicting the presentation of the Cross of Valour to a 20-year-old Tadeo in front of the culture and press department where he studied and worked during the war.

Discoveries like this are incredibly significant in reconstructing our history and reclaiming the memory of those who labored for our cinema. Discoveries like this serve as the driving force behind our daily efforts at the Lumiton Archive. You can find Tadeo’s footage, subtitled in Polish with enhanced audio, by following this link (click here). We also invite you to explore the contents of our Digitized Film Library (click here).