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Oral history

Thanks to e-Mediateka project many recordings will be available. Were chosen  interviews with people connected with Bialystok (among others: artists, athletes, enthusiasts, “ordinary” citizens of Bialystok, Esperantists) which show a diverse range of topics. They are located within broad framework of possible time, refer to  history of Bialystok and Podlasie, taking into account topics involving stories of people from Bialystok or Podlasie, but sometimes beyond the geographical area (e.g. bieżeństwo, deportations, Warsaw uprising, emigration). Moreover Mediateka CLZ as the only one in Poland multimedia library contains wide documentation Esperanto movement, and this part of the collection will be also presented in e-Mediateka. Users will have an opportunity to get to know with whole interviews or fragments, connected with chosen topics.

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Oral history

Kalinowska Anna

Anna Kalinowska, was born on July 26th, 1930 in Białystok, the child of Leokadia (nee Bychowska) and Edward Hiżycki. Her father was a policeman, who was killed in a prisoner camp in Ostaszków. In 1937 she began education at the 5th Primary School at Pałacowa Street. In April 1940 along with her mother and older sister Irena she was transported to Kyrgyzstan in deep Russia. After around 3 years they recevived permission to move to Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. In April 1946 she returned with her sister and mother to Białystok. Difficulties in finding a flat forced the family to move to Wasilków (hometown of the mother), where Anna finished primary school. After returning to Białystok, she took a two and a half year course to become a resource grader and began working at the Sierżan State Wool Industry Works in Białystok, where she worked until retiring in 1984. She is a member of the Sybiraks Association, Białystok branch.