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Hyman Marks, a Jewish refugee from Poland

Hyman Marks, a Jewish refugee from Poland

Some of the Jews who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century were escaping persecution in Russia and Poland (part of which was then under Russian rule). Hyman Marks, a Polish Jew who arrived in 1861, was a major benefactor of Christchurch Hospital. His bust still stands in the hospital’s foyer.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Refugees - 1870s–1940s: refugee groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 December 2019)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005