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.

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Szeszko Ryszard

Ryszard Szeszko was born in 1937 (age 77), in Zabłudów (Podlaskie Voivodeship). In 1954, he graduated from Vocational School, located on Sosnowa street in Białystok and began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks on Łąkowa street as a milling machine operator. Since 1956 he worked there as a tool setter. In 1972 he was promoted to foreman of the Frames Department. From 1982 to 1985, he was transferred to the Division of CT Precision Chucks , branch of the Factory of Tooling and Chucks, on Szosa Północno-Obwodowa street. Since 1987, he worked as a quality controller. He retired early in 1994. Member of the organization: Metalworkers` Trade Unions. Personal and family life: son Jacek, grandchildren Piotr and Paweł.