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

Memory will always remain

Memory will always remain

The three years spent at the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua will stay with me until the end of my days. I remember it as though it were yesterday – the excitement of taking part in the camp's activities, such as Scouting, sport, being part of a Polish dancing group, Irish and Scottish dancing, and even learning to play the violin. Another happy memory is drinking from a bottle of creamy milk with a straw during playtime. I still remember the names of the New Zealand people with whom I spent my holidays. My mother, two sisters, brother and I returned to Poland in 1947.