Date added: 2014-11-2 Jan Kołodziński / New Zealand

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Jan tells us how he learned of his father’s death, and how the dead were buried in communal graves.

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Author of memoirs

Jan Kołodziński

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  • Place of Birth: Nowogródzkie / Balewicze
  • Place of residence in 1939: Nowogródzkie / Balewicze
  • Deportations and repressions: Wozchocky Reion /
  • Military experience: - - 
  • Other wartime circumstances: Orphanages: Pahiatua, New Zealand; Kermine, USSR

    Civilian Camp in the Middle East: Esfahan
    Jan's father passed away in Kermine, he also lost his oldest brother Czesław to a train accident on the journey from the camp to Kermine. Whilst in Kermine his mother, brother: Roman and sister: Leokadia became ill, his brother Stanisław joined the Junaczy and Jan went to the orphanage in Kermine. He travelled from Kermine by truck to Persia. He and the family met up again in Teheran. In Isfahan Jan was in House A before travelling to New Zealand. Jan was at the Pahiatua Camp until 1948, then on to St Patricks College in Wellington where he lived with the Rea family for 1 year, another family for six months and then stayed at Island Bay Hostel in Wellington.
  • Place of residence after 1945.: New Zealand / Pahiatua

Full interview available:
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