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Oral history

Thanks to e-Mediateka project many recordings will be available. Were chosen  interviews with people connected with Bialystok (among others: artists, athletes, enthusiasts, “ordinary” citizens of Bialystok, Esperantists) which show a diverse range of topics. They are located within broad framework of possible time, refer to  history of Bialystok and Podlasie, taking into account topics involving stories of people from Bialystok or Podlasie, but sometimes beyond the geographical area (e.g. bieżeństwo, deportations, Warsaw uprising, emigration). Moreover Mediateka CLZ as the only one in Poland multimedia library contains wide documentation Esperanto movement, and this part of the collection will be also presented in e-Mediateka. Users will have an opportunity to get to know with whole interviews or fragments, connected with chosen topics.

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Oral history

Zawadzka Krystyna

Krystyna Zawadzka, born January 29th, 1928 in Białystok, the child of Helena (nee Szumińska) and Bohdan Skrzędziejewski. Her mother worked in a bank until she married. Her father was a geodesist at the District Land Office, he died Ostaszków. In 1935 he began attending the Exercise School at Mickiewicza Street. During the Nazi occupation she attended secret classes taught by Mr. and Mrs. Ziemian. From 1941 due to a work order she began working at a gelatin caps factory (producing drugs for the frontline). After the war she continued her education at the Female High School at Kościelna Street (currently the King Sigismund August 6th High School), later at the Teacher High School at Fabryczna Street. After graduating from high school she enrolled in a Department of Education of the University in Łódź. After a month she was expelled due to her “background". She returned to Białystok. She began attanding a Financial-economic Study in Warsaw. In 1980 she retired early. From 1990 she is a member of the Katyń Family Association in Białystok, from 2007 she was the president of that association.