Centrum im. Ludwika Zamenhofa
Mediateka CLZ
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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.


Kalinowska Anna

Kalinowska Anna

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.

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