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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Wołczaska Alicja

Alicja Wołczaska, born November 6th, 1931 In Michałowo, the child of Felicja (nee Adamska) and Alfons Bogusław Tworkowski. Her parents were teachers from Białystok. Before World War II she finished two grades of primary school in Michałowo. In 1941 the entire family was exiled to Syberia to a sovkhoz in Sekmenovo. After the Sikorski - Majski treaty (May 30th, 1941) the family was allowed to go to Yevgashin. In 1945 they move to Omsk. There the father of Alicja Wołczaska became the supervisor of an orphanage. In the Spring 1946 the family came to Białystok. In 1950 she graduated from the Female High School at Kościelna Street (currently the King Sigismund August 6th High School). Between 1950 - 1955 she attended the Main Planning and Statistics School in Warsaw. In 1955 she returned to Białystok. She received a work order to work at the Municipal Retail Sales at Kościuszki Market, later at the Oil Products Central at Ogrodowa Street. She wroked there until she retired in 1987. She is a member Sybirak Association, Białystok branch.

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