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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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Roszkiewicz Danuta Kazimiera

Danuta Kazimiera Roszkiewicz, born September 15th, 1928 in Białystok, the child of Leokadia (nee Kurnicka) and Kazimierz Szumiński. Her father was a prison guard at Kopernika Street. From 1935 she attended the 2nd Common School at Św. Rocha Street, which was moved in 1938 to Grunwaldzka Street. In 1941 she went to a summer camp in Druskienniki, from there she and other children, without the knowledge or assent of the parents, were transported to the Soviet Union. She was palced in the 5th Orphanage in Ufa (the capital of Bashkortostan). In 1945 she was moved to an orphanage in Karakulin (over the Kama River). In May of the same year during her return to Poland she fell ill and was placed in a hospital in Moscow and later in an orphanage in Zagorsk (Moscow Oblast). In December 1945 she arrived in Białystok. In 1949 she finished the Female High School at Kościelna Street (currently the King Sigismund II Augustus 6th High School). Between 1949 and 1952 she studied biology at the Warsaw University. From 1952 to 1954 due to a work order she taught chemistry and the TPD Primary School in Białystok (currently housing the 3rd High School). Between 1954 and 1956 she taught biology at the 2nd High School in Białystok. Until her retirement she taught biology at a Medical Schools Complex at Ogrodowa Street. She is a member of the Sybiraks Association, Białystok branch.