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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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Koszewski Jerzy

Jerzy Koszewski (coat of arms - Ciołek),born on February 20th, 1932 in Białystok, the child of Ksienia (nee Smółko) and Józef Koszewski. His father was a caretaker. In 1939 during the Soviet occupation he began his education in the 8th Common School at Jurowiecka Street. From 1941 he attended secret classes with teachers such as Anna Rejzner. From 1944 he attended the 5th Common School at Pałacowa Street, then he attended the 1st Common School at the corner of Sienkiewicz and Ogrodowa Streets. Between 1949 and 1952 he was a student of the Administrative and Trade High School in Białystok and a Financial Technical High School. Between 1971 and 1976 he studied at the Department of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, where he received a legal solicitor`s training. He worked as the chief accountant at the Board of Regional Workers` Union of Land and Air Transportation Workers, as a legal counsel at the State Enterprise Beet-sugar Factory “Łapy” in Łapy. He served on numerous social position, he was the President of the Białystok Collector`s Club (which he co-founded), the President of the Friends of Books Society, Białystok branch. He was awarded the Silver medal of the Millenium of Polish State, as well as the Order of Polonia Restituta.

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