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

Surname spellings

Surname spellings

Research into the original arrival lists from 1944 reveals some errors in spelling. This is because the first lists were prepared in a transit camp in 1942 after the children's evacuation from the Soviet Union to Iran, where some of the orphans' names were incorrectly recorded because they could not accurately recall their parents' documented surnames (pronunciation in regional dialects also confused the recorders). In some cases, the names in this book are in accordance with what the children subsequently learnt when they corresponded with relatives after the war. In the case of deceased former children refugees' names, the information for this book was obtained from their family or friends.