Polish children arrive in New Zealand during the Second World War
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100 years of Polish Independence: Talk, tour and film

AccessibleEast Auckland

Sunday 7 October, 10.30am-12.30pm


Polish Heritage Trust Museum

125 Elliot St, Howick

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$10, morning tea included


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Event details

2018 is a special year in the history of Poland. The Polish Heritage Trust Museum presents the Centennial of Poland's Regained Independence.

Hear a brief history of Poland regaining independence at the close of the First World War, and the links to the 'Polish children of Pahiatua'.

In the Second World War, 1.7 million Poles were forcibly deported from Poland to Russia, then exiled to Persia. A group of 733 children and 102 adults were invited to New Zealand for the duration of the war. The children's camp near Pahiatua was called 'Little Poland' by locals. Most of these survivors later became New Zealand citizens.

Watch the popular 1-hour film 'Poles Apart', which tells the poignant story and background of some of these children. You can then browse the museum galleries.

Brought to you by Polish Heritage Trust Museum

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