On Tuesday 15 May, an information evening about the on-line Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum will be held in the library at the Polish House, 257 Riddiford Street, Newtown. This is being run as part of our informal monthly ‘Being Polish in NZ’ meeting. As a group we mostly belong to the descendants of the diaspora who found themselves outside of Poland at the end of World War II.
Of the diaspora, some had been forcibly deported to Siberia before escaping via Iran or were sent to camps in Germany by occupying German forces. Others escaped Poland to join the Polish Army in exile. We are most familiar with a group of Polish Children who having escaped the Soviet Union to Iran were settled in Pahiatua, New Zealand. They were then followed by family members who had been in the armed forces and remained outside of Poland at the end of the war. From 1949 the New Zealand government welcomed many Displaced Persons from Germany, Austria or Italy who also came initially to Pahiatua. Teresa Sawicka in ‘Te Ara – the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand’ states “More than 700 Poles were among the 4,500 displaced persons who arrived between 1949 and 1951”.
The New Zealand story can be viewed at: www.Kresy-Siberia.org/newzealand
Our group would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in learning about the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum. “www.Kresy-Siberia.org” which is dedicated to research, remembrance and recognition of Poland’s citizens’ struggle for freedom and survival in the Eastern Borderlands and in forced exile during World War II.
Supper will be provided at the end of the meeting.
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018 7pm (19:00 hours)
Where: Library at Polish House (Rhodes Street entrance)
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact name and telephone: Irena Lowe 04 9735839
Polish Constitution Day – Celebrating 3 May
On Sunday, 6 May 2018, we will be commemorating the Polish Constitution (3 May). Mass will be celebrated by Father Tadeusz Świątkowski at both churches: Berhampore at 9.30am and Avalon at 11.30am. The mass at Berhampore will be the official mass with flag bearers representing the Polish Association and the Polish Combatants Association. The Polish Association Executive Committee invites all Poles with their families to the 3rd MAY CELEBRATION which will take place on 6 May 2018 at 3pm at the Polish House. As in previous years,it will be a festive concert with an interesting artistic programme. The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland will be presenting medals to some of our members. Free entry.
This year ANZAC DAY falls on Wednesday. On this day as every year we will remember Polish soldiers murdered at Katyn and those Poles who died during the Soviet occupation. This month also marks the eighth anniversary of the great national tragedy – the plane crash near Smolensk – in which the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński and his wife died including the last president of Poland in Exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and other high-ranking representatives of offices of the state. We will pray for the souls of New Zealand and Polish soldiers who died during the First World War; for the souls of the Poles who were murdered by the Soviets during the Second World War and for those who died eight years ago in Katyn having gone there to pay tribute to the thousands of Poles murdered by the Soviets.
ANZAC DAY celebration program – Katyn Day
9am: Saint Mary’s of the Angels in Wellington
Mass in the church Mary’s of the Angels in Wellington for New Zealanders and Poles. Polish flags will be paraded into church by the Polish Association in New Zealand Inc. and the Association of Polish Veterans. Wreaths of flowers will be placed at the Katyn plaque.
11am: Saint Joachim in Berhampore, Wellington
Polish Mass with Polish flags paraded into church by the Polish Association in New Zealand Inc. and the Association of Polish Veterans.
1pm: Traditional Soldier’s Lunch
After the Mass at St Joachim you are invited to the Polish House for a traditional soldiers lunch. Admission $ 10 – there will be some speeches and awards of the Siberian Crosses followed by a film.
Please find PDF attached of all the films being shown at the Wellington Polish Film Festival. These are important films showing Polands struggle to independence and the 100 year struggle to remain an independent Poland since.
Download programme here:
Polish Film Festival 2018 is being held this year at the Roxy Cinema, Wellington from 5th to 8th April. This year the Polish Film Festival is part of a worldwide celebration to commemorate Poland’s centennial of its regained independence.
This international showcase event, also screening throughout Europe, North America and Asia, will premiere in New Zealand, running from 5th to 8th April 2018 at the Roxy Cinema, Miramar, Wellington.
Together with the Principal Partner, the Polish Filmmakers Association and in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and the Polish Film Institute Wellington Polish Film Festival 2018 will present seven selected films offering both a wide thematic spectrum and a diversity of aesthetics showcasing various historical periods, from the viewpoint of several generations.
From Poland under the Partitions in Andrzej Wajda’s The Promised Land and Jerzy Antczak’s Nights and Days, via the Second World War in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist and Wojciech Szmarowski’s Volhynia, and the Warsaw Uprising in Jan Komasa’s Warsaw 44, to the post-war fight against the communist authorities in Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds and Man of Marble.
|All information for screenings and ticketing is on the website. http://wpff.nz . Or download PDF of programme by clicking on link below picture above.|
Uprzejmie przypominamy, że tradycyjny Stół Wielkanocny”odbędzie się w Domu Polskim, 257 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington, w Palmową Niedzielę, 25 marca 2018, o godzinie 2.30 po południu, ale od godziny 1.00 po południu będzie można kupić gorący posiłek, do wyboru: bigos, pierogi, placki kartoflane, kiełbasa i chleb. Będą też kanapki, ciastka, kawa i herbata. Od 2.30 po południu będzie można ze „Stołu Wielkanocnego” kupić pierogi na zimno, pączki, makowce, serniki, pierniczki, rogaliki, bułeczki i inne smaczności przypominające nam polską kuchnię.
We kindly remind you that the traditional “Easter Table” will be held at the Polish House, 257 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington, on Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018, at 2.30pm. However, from 1.00 pm there will be an opportunity to buy a hot meal. On the menu are: “bigos”, “pierogi”, potato patties and sausages with bread. For those interested in a lighter meal there will be sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee.
This years our seniors pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima in Paraparaumu by bus took place on Tuesday 13th February in remembrance of all those families deported from Poland. We remember 10 February every year as the first large scale deportation by the Soviets in 1940 and 1941 now 78 years ago. Every year the former Pahiatua children and families make this pilgrimage to Paraparaumu and remember those who died in USSR and to show gratitude for their deliverance from the gulags and labour camps. Most of these elderly were only children and most had lost one or both parents during the 1 or 2 years in USSR.
After mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Waikanae, the group bused to the base of the hill where the statue resides and walked up a steep path often hanging onto the side rails. A lucky few were driven up to the statue. There sitting on a simple bench, the rosary was recited by all led by Father Tadeusz. A lovely warm day with the sun thankfully hiding behind clouds while we prayed and contemplated.
After photos at the statue the group descended back to the bus and had a pleasant lunch and quick look at the shops at Paraparaumu Mall. Another successful pilgrmage with our dwindling numbers.
We are bringing back this popular tradition.