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Polish dancers help commemorate orphans

Polish dancers help commemorate orphans

On Labour Day (26 October) 2004, New Zealand’s Polish community celebrated the unveiling of a plaque on the Wellington waterfront. It commemorates the arrival of Polish orphan children and their guardians in 1944. In front of the plaque, which is covered by the Polish national flag, are members of the Orleta Polish Dance Group with some of the 1944 arrivals.

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Theresa Sawicka, 'Poles - 20th-century arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Theresa Sawicka, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015