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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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Zawadzka Krystyna

Zawadzka Krystyna

Krystyna Zawadzka, born January 29th, 1928 in Białystok, the child of Helena (nee Szumińska) and Bohdan Skrzędziejewski. Her mother worked in a bank until she married. Her father was a geodesist at the District Land Office, he died Ostaszków. In 1935 he began attending the Exercise School at Mickiewicza Street. During the Nazi occupation she attended secret classes taught by Mr. and Mrs. Ziemian. From 1941 due to a work order she began working at a gelatin caps factory (producing drugs for the frontline). After the war she continued her education at the Female High School at Kościelna Street (currently the King Sigismund August 6th High School), later at the Teacher High School at Fabryczna Street. After graduating from high school she enrolled in a Department of Education of the University in Łódź. After a month she was expelled due to her “background". She returned to Białystok. She began attanding a Financial-economic Study in Warsaw. In 1980 she retired early. From 1990 she is a member of the Katyń Family Association in Białystok, from 2007 she was the president of that association.

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