Józef Piłsudski, Father of Poland’s Independence –

The Second Republic

Purpose and Scope

This is an eight frame display exhibit detailing the life of Józef Piłsudski, a Polish patriot and leader. The exhibit spans from his birth in 1867 to his death in 1935, detailing the major influences in his life, and his legacy, which extends to the present day. The exhibit has six subject chapters which are not necessarily in chronlological order. However, within each chapter, the flow of details is chronologic.


Background: Poland had once been a large nation spanning the breadth of Eastern Europe from the Baltic Sea to the depths of Western Russia. But the country was dismembered by three partitions, the last occurring in 1795.

Poland no longer existed on maps, and its citizens lived under the rule of Imperial Prussia in the Northwest, the Austro-Hapsburg Empire in the Southwest and Imperial Russia to its entire East.

The thirst for freedom among ethnic Poles never died, and for 123 years they would resist, revolt and die to achieve independence. Into this crucible of tripartite occupation Józef Piłsudski was born. He would be molded into the man to finally bring independence to Poland, 1918’s Second Republic.


Exhibit Plan

Chapter 1: Early Life & Influences
Chapter 2: Soldier
Chapter 3: Chief of State
Chapter 4: Dictator [de facto leader]
Chapter 5: Family, Lifestyle & Death
Chapter 6: Recognition & Legacy

Exhibit Guidance

Text – Palatino Linotype
Item descriptions – Arial font
Philatelic descriptions – Italicized green Sylfaen font
Rare material in matted/boxed maroon
Expertized material – designated ©.

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