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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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Grądzki Leszek

Leszek Grądzki was born on August 4th, 1934 in Mońki, the child of Honorata (nee Świerzbińska) and Jan Grądzki. In 1944 along with his mother and siblings he moved to Białystok to Słonimska Street and the same year he began attending the 10th Primary School at Spacerowa Street. In 1946 he was moved the the Exercise School at Warszawska Street. He attended the Trade School at Warszawska Street. He was a weekend student at the Construction Technical High School. In the 50s he trained at the Związkowiec sports club at Słonimska Street. In 1960 he moved from Słonimska to Nowogródzka Street. He was a student at the Higher School of Engineering in Białystok, where he became a certified constructin technician. He worked at the “Przemysłówka” Białystok Construction for Industry Company and he ran his own construstion and renovation company.

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