Centrum im. Ludwika Zamenhofa
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Oral history

Memories and experience are some of the most valuable gifts that the older generation can give to the younger. In the LZC Media Library we collect valuable accounts of witnesses of history, we compile and share them.

The interviews are recorded using the narrative-biographical method, which involves recording the free expression of a witness about their entire life. This type of narrative takes into account the subjective perspective of such issues as: local culture, ethnicity, tradition and customs, religion, or identity. Stories recorded in this way are unique, different for each person. Thanks to this, they allow to get to know the individual view of people who saw the interwar period, World War II and the beginnings of the Polish People’s Republic with their own eyes.

We are constantly looking for witnesses of history – people who have spent the last 60, 70 and more years in Białystok and would like to tell us the story of their lives, describe important events as they remember them. If you are such a person or know someone who would like to tell their story, please contact the BCC/LZC.

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Ejsymont Donata

Ejsymont Donata

Donata Ejsymont, born November 23rd, 1931 in Dąbrowa Białostocka, the child of Stanisława (nee Dubaczewska) and Serwacy Lipiński. She spent her childhood in Vorokhta (currently in the Ukraine). There she began her education at a primary school. On September 17th, 1939 after the invasion of the Soviet Army on Poland the entire family went to Dąbrowa Białostocka. They spent the Soviet and Nazi occupation in Dąbrowa Białostocka and Różanystok. In 1946 or 1947 they move to Białystok. In Białystok Donata Ejsymont started attending the 2nd Primary School and continued her education at the Trade School in Białystok. She graduated in 1951 receiving a certificate of an economy technician. After graduating she went on to study Polish at the Catholic University of Lublin. She returned to Białystok in 1954. She worked as an audience hall supervisor at the Puppet Theatre, she was a cultural and educational officer at the Fasty factory, at the Provincial Labour Cooperative Union, and at the State Consumer`s Cooperative “Społem”, where she established a library. Until her retirement she worked at the railway pharmacy, at first as a drug tagger, and later as an accountant. In 1956 she joined the Polish United Worker`s Party. In 1981 she gave up her party card. From 1981 he is the member of the “Solidarność” Union.