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.


Gawałkiewicz Lech Jerzy

Lech Jerzy Gawałkiewicz, was born in 1944 (age 70), in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship). He has a secondary technical education. He graduated from the Factory of Tooling and Chucks Company‘s Vocational School. In 1965, he began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks on the position of workshop divider. In the following years, he worked as a quality controller, planner, instructor of vocational training on lathes, supply clerk, foreman of the pattern shop and carpenter. He retired early in 2003. Member of the organization: Solidarity (from 1982 to 2003). Personal and family life: wife, three children, five grandchildren.

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