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.


Kalinowska Eugenia

Eugenia Kalinowska was born in 1937 (age 77), in Przechowdy (Podlaskie Voivodeship). She graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Mechanical Engineering in Białystok, located on Dąbrowskiego Street. In 1956, due to the working order, she was directed to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks. She did work experience as a turret lathe turner. Next, she worked as a workshop writer, technologist, planner and material dispatcher in the foundry. In 1980 she resigned from her job in the factory. Member of the organization: Polish United Workers` Party, Polish Federation of Engineering Associations, Polish–Soviet Friendship Society, Metalworkers` Trade Union, Country Defense League- sanitary and medical section, Chairwoman of the Working Women`s Committee, next to Metalworkers` Trade Union. Personal and family life: widow, two children, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

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