Centrum im. Ludwika Zamenhofa
Mediateka CLZ
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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.


Koc Stanisław

Stanisław Koc was born in 1945 (age 69), in Szmurły (Podlaskie Voivodeship). He graduated from Basic Vocational School of Metalwork in Augustów. In 1962, he began to work in the Factory of Tooling and Chucks as a milling machine operator (after six month internship he began to work by the piece), then he was transferred to the grinding room. In 1975 he became a setup man (foreman assistant). After ten years of work, he was transferred to the Foundry Repair Department. In 2001 he received pre-retirement benefits. Member of the organization: Metalworkers` Trade Union, returning officer. Personal and family life : wife Krystyna, daughters Jolanta and Anna.

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