Date added: 2014-08-24 Dioniza (Gradzik) Choros / New Zealand

/ Choros_Scouts commemorate Warsaw Uprising with special campfire in Pahiatua / PL

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 arrival.

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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