Anna Kalinowska, was born on July 26th, 1930 in Białystok, the child of Leokadia (nee Bychowska) and Edward Hiżycki. Her father was a policeman, who was killed in a prisoner camp in Ostaszków. In 1937 she began education at the 5th Primary School at Pałacowa Street. In April 1940 along with her mother and older sister Irena she was transported to Kyrgyzstan in deep Russia. After around 3 years they recevived permission to move to Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. In April 1946 she returned with her sister and mother to Białystok. Difficulties in finding a flat forced the family to move to Wasilków (hometown of the mother), where Anna finished primary school. After returning to Białystok, she took a two and a half year course to become a resource grader and began working at the Sierżan State Wool Industry Works in Białystok, where she worked until retiring in 1984. She is a member of the Sybiraks Association, Białystok branch.