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.

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Tomzik Jerzy

Jerzy Tomzik was born on November 25th, 1938 in Częstochowa, the child of Wiktoria (nee Berghausen) and Ewaryst Tomzik. His father was a dentist. In 1945 he began attending a Common School in Częstochowa. Then he attended the R. Traugutt Male High School in Częstochowa where he passed the Matura exam in 1955. The same year he was admitted to study at the Medical Academy in Białystok. In 1957 he started working at the academic radio station – “Supeł”. He cooperated with the "Co Nie co" student club, the "Ambia" jazz ensamble and the "Koliber" cabaret. He cooperated with the Białystok Dance Orchestra, he participated in entertainment programs of the Białystok Symphonic Orchestra, and later the Philharmonics. From 1990 he coorganised the “Białostockie Malwy” festival. Since 1991 he has been running the Białystok Song Studio.

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