Posts Tagged ‘Polish’

75 years since Polish refugees arrived in Pahīatua Comments 0

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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75 years ago 732 Polish refugees – most of them orphans – arrived by boat from Iran after the second world war to make their home in New Zealand. Today most of the remaining former refugees are in their 80s and 90s. But last weekend many of them met in Wellington and in Pahīatua with Read more

Polish refugees remember harrowing journey Comments 0

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

They grew up in the Siberian gulag, travelled thousands of miles in harrowing drudgery across Russia to Persia, then sailed half way around the world to be greeted by thousands of smiling Kiwis. Today their odyssey was remembered on Wellington’s waterfront as surviving Polish refugee children gathered for a wreath-laying with Polish foreign affairs minister Read more