Anna Przeperska-Kochaniak, Poland

Michal Przeperski interviewed his mother, Anna Przeperska-Kochaniak, who was pregnant in the spring of 1986. While she trusted the official statements at first, she believes that distrust towards Russia is an unexpected outcome of the Chernobyl disaster.

Family background
Anna Przeperska-Kochaniak was born on 26th May 1960 in Łódź in a worker’s family. In 1980 she took up studies in Bydgoszcz at the Agricultural Academy from which she graduated in 1985. In October that year she married Jacek Przeperski and moved to Grudziądz, the place she has been living in since then. In the early months of 1986 she worked in the Agricultural High School in Grudziadz as a teacher. Nowadays it is a matter of past, because she retrained herself to become a psychologist in the Grudziadz hospital. Her social environment in 1986 also varied from the one at her home, because she entered intelligentsia environment instead of the worker’s one.

In the spring of 1986 she got to know that she got pregnant, so in April 1986 she already expected her first child. She claims that the child was the most important person in her life in the beginning of 1986, together with her mother, husband and mother-in-law. At the time she was mostly concerned with the future of her and her family because, in fact, it was the real beginning of her adult life.

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