Date added: 2014-08-22 Dioniza (Gradzik) Choros / New Zealand

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Dioniza describes when her mother died in the Teheran hospital, and then how she felt when she and her sisters all ended up in different locations.

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Author of memoirs

Dioniza Gradzik Choros

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  • Place of Birth: Wołyńskie / Szczurzyn
  • Place of residence in 1939: Wołyńskie / Szczurzyn
  • Deportations and repressions: Posiołek Nianda - poczta Wyczegda(?) Leninskij rejon / Turtkul, left side of river Amu Daria / Lenin (Kalinin) Kolholz /
  • Military experience: - - 
  • Other wartime circumstances: Orphanages: Pahiatua, New Zealand

    Civilian Camp in the Middle East: Esfahan
    The two Gradzik sisters spent three days in Pahlevi in transit to Teheran. Dioniza together with her sister Bogusława, lived in children's camps in Teheran and Isfahan. In late September 1944, the sisters were evacuated to the New Zealand orphanage in Pahiatua together with 733 children and 105 caregivers. The refuge in New Zealand was intended to be only for the duration of the war. However after the Yalta conference in 1945 when Poland remained within the sphere of USSR, New Zealand offered the children a choice of settling in New Zealand on a permanent basis.
  • Place of residence after 1945.: New Zealand / Pahiatua

Full interview available:
Kresy – Siberia Fundation