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.


Boublej Janina

Janina Boublej was born in 1937 (age 77), in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship). She graduated from Technical Secondary School of Economics in Białystok. She began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks in 1965 and worked there for the next 25 years, until she retired in 1990. She spent her whole professional career working in the Social Department, where she worked in various positions such as manager, assistant manager and clerk. Her duties included the organization of the summer camps for children and youth and organization of the holiday exchange. She was also responsible for the plant‘s first aid room, the care of retirees and pensioners, former plant workers, Senior Club and organization of the plant‘s Christmas parties. Member of the organization: for a short period, member of the Polish United Workers‘ Party. Personal and family life: daughter Łucja. Interests and hobbies: animals (owner of five cats).

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