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