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.


Dobrowolski Stanisław

Stanisław Dobrowolski, born the 4th of May in 1951 in Zary, lubuskie voividship, studied Russian philology on branch of Warsaw University in Bialystok. He worked among others as turner, OHS inspector, provider, fashion designer. He cooperated with “Tygodnik Kulturalny”, student’s weekly magazine “Itd.”, “Motywy”, “Stolica”. He was a journalist in “Kurier Podlaski”, “Gazeta Współczesna”, “Kontakty”, he is a publisher of bimonthly magazine about medical topics. Membership in organizations: Polish Association of Radio Amateurs (since 1970), Polish Association of Esperantists (1986 – 1990), Bialystok Association of Esperantists (since 1990) long time chairman of management. Interests: growing strange plants, vegetables and flowers on recreational land, photography, amateur radio. He likes traveling, especially with family, preparing trips of summer hiking. Since 1968 for today he has written memoirs, some of them were published, among others in collection of poems “Images of youth” (1974).

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