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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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Szumski Mirosław Jerzy

Szumski Mirosław Jerzy

Mirosław Jerzy Szumski was born on December 18th, 1929 in Białystok, the child of Lidia (nee Pieńkowska) and Stanisław Szumski. Her father was a post-office worker. In 1936 he began attending the Exercise School at Mickiewicza Street. During the Soviet occupation he attended the 27th Common School. During the Nazi occupation he attended secret classes of Sztachelski, Maria Kolendo, Żyłkiewiczowa, Kurliszyn. Between 1944 and 1948 he attended the Male High School at Warszawska Street (currently housing the King Sigismund II Augustus 6th High School). From 1948 to 1956 he was a university student. At first he studied at the Water Engineering Department of the Wrocław Technical University. He took additional studies in Gdańsk, due to health issues he had to finish these studies at the Warsaw Technical University. He received a work order to work at a power station construction site in Wojciechowice near Ostrołęka. In 1958 he returned to Białystok and began working at the “Przemysłówka” Białystok Construction for Industry Company, later at the construction site of the Białystok Sanitation in Wasilków and finally at the Provincial Design Office. In 1991 he retired.

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