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New Zealand's First Refugees: Pahiatua's Polish Children


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Thank you to all who contributed their stories and articles

We also thank Basia Basford (typing), Emily Benefield (back cover photo),

Gillian Christie (proofreading), Fanny Fitzsimons (cover design),

Tracey Hall (proofreading), Ala Manterys (assistant),

Gennady Sidorov (maps), Rachel Stephenson (proofreading)

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wellington City Council

Polish Association in New Zealand

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Jan Roy-Wojciechowski

Polish Fund in Australia

Polish Ex-Servicemen's Association in Wellington,

New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Tararua Branch)

This book is dedicated to the

Polish refugee children and their guardians

"As I'm getting older and think back – my grandparents are buried in Poland, my father in Katyn, Russia, where he was shot, my mother in Iran, my sister in the US and I will be buried in New Zealand"