Centrum im. Ludwika Zamenhofa
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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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Marczuk Stanisław Marian

Stanislaw Marczuk was born in 1935 (age 79), in Doktorce (Podlaskie Voivodeship). In 1954, he graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Mechanical Engineering in Białystok. From 1973 to 1978, he studied at Bialystok Technical University (faculty of mechanical engineering). In 1954, he began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks as a turner. Next he worked as a technical controller in the Production-Control Department. He was transferred to the foundry and, later, to the Rationalization Control Department, in the Chief Designer Department, in Division of CT Precision Chucks, branch of the Factory of Tooling and Chucks, on Szosa Północno-Obwodowa street, where he worked as a technologist- designer. On 13 December 1981 he was dismissed from work. He was brought back to work in 1988. In September 1992, he went into early retirement. Member of the organization: a member of the Solidarity Trade Union since 1980. In June 1981, he was elected chairman of the „Solidarity” Trade Union Regional Management in Białystok. Member of the National Committee and a Delegate to the first union convention. During the years of Martial Law, he was in hiding from 13 December 1981 to 13 February 1983. He coordinated the underground activities of the union as the Chairman of the temporary regional Solidarity committee.