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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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Kobeszko Longin

Kobeszko Longin

Longin Kobeszko, born February 20th, 1939 in Długołęka in the Krypno commune, the child of Weronika (Gawełko) and Dominik Kobeszko. His father was a professional mason and stovemaker. He was shot in 1946 by one of the bands raiding the area. In 1944 along with his parents and sibliings he moved to Białystok. From 1946 he attended the 2nd Common School at Grunwaldzka Street. In 1958 he finished a course for driver-mechanics in Warsaw, where he also got his first job and the Warsaw Construction Company (at the Warsaw Smelting Plant). Between 1959 and 1962 he served in Military Service. Until his retirement he worked as a driver at the Provincial Consumers Cooperative, which was later transformed into PSS Społem. In 1980 he coorganised the “Solidarność” Union at the Provincial Consumers Cooperative. In 1996 he retired. From 1980 he is the member of the “Solidarność” Union.

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