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.


Bilewicz Wilhelm

Bilewicz Wilhelm

Wilhelm Bilewicz, captain, born 24th of August in 1916, in property Filipowszczyzna (before II world war community Hołubicze, wilenskie voivodeship) in the family of Emilia nee Perchowicz and Jan Bilewicz arms Korab. His father leased this property. Till the beginning of II world war his family moved twice: to the property in Bobrowszczyzna and to the property in Grochow. He attended to elementary school in Bobrowszczyzna, later to secondary school in Glebokie (former wilenskie voivodship). In 1937 he was drafted into army to the third regiment of mounted riflemen in Wolkowysk. He was there when the war started. Together with the third regiment he was fighting among others at Sniadowo, Grodzisk, Truszki, Grabowo Szlacheckie. The 6th of October 1939 at Kalinowy Dol he was taken to German captivity. At the beginning he was imprisoned in Stalag (captive camp) III A W Luckenwalde in Brandenburgia. About 1941 he was transported to Stalag I A in Western Prussia near Krolewiec. From 1945 he has lived in Bialystok. In the same year he began work in Feeding and Information Point on the Main Train Station in Bialystok. This point was organized by Voivodship Department of State Agency of Repatriation in Bialystok. From 1946 he worked in District Enterprise of Distribution Movies. He worked there to retirement in 1984. More important titles and honors: The Cross of September Campaign 1939 r., Honorary Membership Association of Families Wolkowycka Land in Gdansk. He among others belonged to Veterans Union of the Republic of Poland and Former Political Prisoners.

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