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.

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Uchwyty

The interviews with workers of Factory of Tooling and Chucks/Bison – Bial is another project realized as a part of Mediateka CLZ. Factory of Tooling and Chucks is an enterprise which over sixty years of its activity inscribed in the landscape and heritage of our city. At the time of the largest development factory employed almost 3000 workers, and its branches were opened in cities such Bielsk Podlaski and Kolno. It is the place where many citizens of Bialystok tied their professional lives. With great certainty we can say that almost every citizen of our city possesses or possessed somebody from family or friends who was employed in this factory popularly known as Uchwyty. Our aim is to preserve memory about people and this place. Former and current employees remember history of the factory, tell us about people who were important for its activity and development. They recollect how they careers connected with Uchwyty progressed: say how they came to the factory, what were the conditions of their job, what was the atmosphere in the crew. They recall different moments from factory life – difficult moments connected with strikes from years 1980 and 1981, but also common trips on mushrooms or fish, and to the Okoniówek near Rajgrodzkie Lake, where was the resort belonged to Uchwyty. Most of the interviewees remember Factory of Tooling and Chucks with great sentiment, and sometimes with tears in their eyes.
  • Borecki Władysław

  • Boublej Janina

  • Czajkowski Konrad

  • Dojnikowski Jerzy

  • Gawałkiewicz Lech Jerzy

  • Gołąbiewski Zbigniew

  • Iwanowicz Jerzy

  • Kalinowska Eugenia

  • Łukjaniuk Miron Mirosław

  • Koc Stanisław

  • Marczuk Stanisław Marian

  • Półtorzycka Halina

  • Praga Jan Zygmunt

  • Rożkiewicz Eugeniusz

  • Rufiński Tadeusz

  • Seliga Konstanty

  • Sołowiej Teodor

  • Sterkowiec Jan

  • Szeszko Ryszard

  • Wieremiejczuk Maria

  • Zacharczuk Jerzy