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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.


Oral history

Kobeszko Longin

Longin Kobeszko, born February 20th, 1939 in Długołęka in the Krypno commune, the child of Weronika (Gawełko) and Dominik Kobeszko. His father was a professional mason and stovemaker. He was shot in 1946 by one of the bands raiding the area. In 1944 along with his parents and sibliings he moved to Białystok. From 1946 he attended the 2nd Common School at Grunwaldzka Street. In 1958 he finished a course for driver-mechanics in Warsaw, where he also got his first job and the Warsaw Construction Company (at the Warsaw Smelting Plant). Between 1959 and 1962 he served in Military Service. Until his retirement he worked as a driver at the Provincial Consumers Cooperative, which was later transformed into PSS Społem. In 1980 he coorganised the “Solidarność” Union at the Provincial Consumers Cooperative. In 1996 he retired. From 1980 he is the member of the “Solidarność” Union.