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  • Published: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9781775531418
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Krystyna's Story




A piecing together of a Polish child's journey through Europe at war, and a young woman's bewildering encounter with rural New Zealand.

A piecing together of a Polish child's journey through Europe at war, and a young woman's bewildering encounter with rural New Zealand.

'As a child I loved my mother but she seemed different from other mothers. She didn't know how old she was. She couldn't remember where she was born. I wondered what had happened to her that she could have forgotten such important things. It had something to do with the Second World War . . . '

Krystyna is one of 732 'Polish children' who survived forced deportation to the Soviet Union and was given a home in New Zealand in 1944. Her remarkable story, a composite portrait drawn from interviews with Polish survivors, begins in a peaceful Polish village and follows her family's harrowing journey to a labour camp in Siberia, the terrible flight to freedom, and Krystyna's lonely voyage to a safe refuge in New Zealand.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9781775531418
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Halina Ogonowska-Coates

Halina Ogonowska-Coates is an oral historian, writer and film-maker of Polish descent. In Krystyna's Story she has recorded the experiences of many Poles who came to New Zealand after the Second World War. She has presented their story in a television film, Exiles - The Story of a Polish Journey.


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