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.


Sterkowiec Jan

Jan Sterkowiec was born in 1949 (age 65), in Rzepiennik Suchy (Lesser Poland Voivodeship). He graduated from Engineering College in Rzeszów and later, from Białystok Technical University. He began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks in 1972, in the Machines and Tools Pneumatics Pilot Plant, which belonged to the factory, on the position of a technologist. In 1979, he was promoted to manager of the Tool-room Department. From 1981 to 1989, he worked as a manager of the Planning Department. In 1989, he became a manager of the Health and Safety Department. In the same year he became a production supervisor in the Precision Chucks Department, on Szosa Północno-Obwodowa street, so-called CT. In 1990, he received an offer of promotion to the post of deputy director for technical matters. In 1991, he had become a chief executive officer of the Factory of Tooling and Chucks, but a year later he was dismissed from this post. He was transferred to the Sales Department. After a few years, he was assigned to the English company for a period of three and a half years. He came back in 2002. He was re-employed in Uchwyty in January 2003, but still in the same year, his employment contract was rescinded by the parties` mutual agreement. Member of the organization: Metalworkers` Trade Union, Solidarity, Polish United Workers` Party, Association of Polish Engineers and Mechanical Technicians. Personal and family life: wife Grażyna, sons Marcin and Grzegorz, granddaughter Róża.