The personal is where we start from

I’m Barbara Dieu and Bohdan Pawłowicz (1899 -1967) was my grandfather. He was a Polish writer, journalist and globetrotter.

Bohdan left behind numerous writings and recordings that chronicle the times he lived in, documenting his impressions, feelings, and beliefs. After his death, much of this material was donated to the Jozef Pilsudski Institute (Archival Fonds 81) and the Piasa Archives (Online Inventory Fonds No 29) in New York,  but some more personal papers and family records that he kept,  are still with the family, in different boxes and suitcases scattered around the world: in Poland, in the US and in Brazil.

It is my intention to retrieve these family records, classify them and publish them in this digital suitcase, weaving in the family narratives, memories and photographs, to bring out the family saga.

The blog, which runs parallel to this collection of items, is a contemporary diary on the different stages of this project, a record of my findings, impressions, reflections and the challenges I meet as I go along.

This is very much a work-in-progress. If you have anything to share or contribute, please let me know at beeonline (at) gmail (dot) com.