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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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Dawdo Danuta

Danuta Dawdo, born March 7th, 1929 in Bydgoszcz, the child of Waleria (nee Jaźwińska) and Józef Neuhüttler. Her father was a professional photographer and a soldier of the 11th Legionary Uhlan Regiment. In 1930 her parents moved to Białystok. In 1937 she began education at the 5th Primary School at 11 Listopada Street. During the Nazi occupation she attended secret classes taught by Mrs. Dzierżyńska at Grottgera Street. From 1943 due to a work order, she worked at a photography shop at Kocha Street (currently Sienkiewicza Street). From 1949 she attended the Female High School (currently the King Sigismund II Augustus 6th High School). In 1946 after the death of her mother she went to Kraków, where she graduated from high school. In 1947 she returned to Białystok, where she began education at a high school at Fabryczna Street, after a year she moved to a Construction Technical High School at Sosnowa Street, which she graduated from in 1952. She began working in 1966 at the Education Inspectorate`s Department of School Investments. From 1968 until her retirement in 1990 she worked at the Architectural Design Office. She is a member of the Construction Engineers and Technicians Union, the Piłsudczycy Union, and the Association of the Soldiers of the 10th Uhlan Regiment and their Families.

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