Why women do not have their history? Memories of Aleksandra Piłsudska and their role in development of a legend of Józef Piłsudski
A research on women biographical sources belongs to the wide cultural context, and is aiming at collecting and recording of the history and social memory of women. It is not a simple collecting of women’s figures but shows their picture in several contexts, including national, political, social history as well as history of everyday life.
Memoirs of Aleksandra Piłsudska are first of all a record of life of Józef Piłsudski and a presentation of his ideas. They show a woman hidden behind a biography of her husband, describing with respect his achievements and sharing his beliefs. She appears as a modest woman, discrete in describing family life and husband’s betrayals, maternity matters. At the same time she is looking for equality, partnership and friendship with Józef Piłsudski.
In Memoirs we can also find fragments of a great history of women. Histories of revolution of 1905 and the First World War are very important for political, social and military activity of women.