Dioniza (Gradzik) Choros - Life in the camp then Yalta
Dioniya describes what life was like at the Pahiatua camp, as well as the reaction when they learned about Yalta and that they would not be returning to Poland.
Dioniza (Gradzik) Choros - Scouts commemorate Warsaw Uprising with special camp fire
Already on the ship to New Zealand, Mrs Kozera the Chief Scout made plans to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising at a special campfire held in Pahiatua soon after the children’s …
Maria Nowotarska Kołodzińska - Holidays in New Zealand
Maria describes the holidays in New Zealand and the locals were good to the Polish children. She also describes how another child “diddled” her out of half a crown coin …
Eugenia (Piotuch) Smolnicki - Rain for the first time in years
On their first morning in Pahiatua, the children experienced rain for the first time in many years. They rushed outside to enjoy it.
Maria (Tarasiewicz) van der Linden - Genl Sulik children smuggled out of Poland
Maria tells how her cousins were smuggled out of Poland by Jews leaving for Palestine, in thanks for having saved their children.
Józek Jagiełło - Arriving at Pahiatua
Jozef describes their arrival at the camp in Pahiatua and how upset the adults were because it was surrounded by a barbwire fence. The camp had been a POW camp …
Maria Nowotarska Kołodzińska - Maria sings a Polish Song
Maria sings the song the lady taught her in the Persian hospital. Full text of the original song, by Teofil Lenartowicz (words) and Ignacy Komorowski (music): “Idzie sobie pacholę Przez …