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.


Rufiński Tadeusz

Tadeusz Rufinski was born in 1944 (age 70), in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship). He is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. In 1967, he began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks as a constructor of instrumentation in the Instrumentation Construction Department. Since 1968, he worked in the Technology Department. In 1970, he became a production department manager and since 1974, worked as a Supervisor of Factory Training School. From 1977 to 1985, he worked as a manager of the Machines Programming and Implementation Department; 1985-90, he worked as a manager of the Organizational and Legal Department and, from 1990 to 2002, as a manager of the Marketing and Sales Department. He retired in 2002. Member of the organization: Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society, Association of Polish Engineers and Mechanical Technicians. Personal and family life: daughter Barbara.