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.


Zacharczuk Jerzy

Jerzy Zacharczuk was born in 1935 (age 79), in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship). He graduated from the Factory of Tooling and Chucks Company`s Vocational School. In 1959 he began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks as a turner. In 1962 he was dismissed from his job after a conflict with management. In 1971, he was re-employed on the position of turner. Later he worked as a grinder and plumber. From 1976 to 1987, he worked as a guides grinder in the Division of CT Precision Chucks, branch of the Factory of Tooling and Chucks, on Szosa Północno-Obwodowa street. He received a pension in 1987. Member of the organization: returning officer, a works council member, President of the Founding Committee of Solidarity, vice president of the factory trade union in the precision chucks division. Personal and family life : wife Zofia, son Leszek, daughter Katarzyna. Interests: historical movies, historical books.