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.


Praga Jan Zygmunt

Jan Zygmunt Praga was born in 1933 (age 81), in Kocerany (Masovian Voivodeship ). He graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Mechanical Engineering No. 1 located at Śniadeckich 11 street in Warsaw. Due to three-year period of working order, he was directed to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks in Białystok, where he began to work in 1952. At first, he worked in the Structural Department. Later he was transferred to the position of an independent clerk for inventiveness and rationalization. From 1960 to 1980, he worked as a vocational training clerk; 1980-91as a labour matters specialist; 1986-91 as a human resources department manager. He retired in 1991. Member of the organization: Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society, Union of Socialist Youth, Polish United Workers` Party. Personal and family life : wife Barbara, daughters Barbara and Bożena, son Tomasz. Interests and hobbies: grandchildren, mushroom hunting, shotgun shooting, mountain tourism and stamp-collecting.

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