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

Language no barrier

Language no barrier

When we were settling into the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua, many people came to visit. Some of them were Polish immigrants or descendants of immigrants from the late 19th Century. I met an elderly man whose Polish was as poor as my command of English, but we had a pleasant conversation. I admired the man, who tried to extract from his memory long-forgotten words of his forefathers.