Monday, 2 February 2015
Remembering deportations 10 February 2015
      

10 February 1944 is indelibly impressed in the memory of those Poles who were forcibly removed from their homes and deported to forced labour camps in Russia during World War II, on that freezing and snow-bound night. It was the first of four major deportations of some 1.7 million Polish citizens to Siberia where they suffered hunger, starvation, cold, heat, diseases and frequent deaths in that inhuman land.

Some of the survivors living in the Wellington region of New Zealand commemorate this anniversary,on the 10th of February of each year, with a pilgrimage to the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is a prominent landmark on the main highway in the township of Paraparaumu, some 50 km north of Wellington.

 

The pilgrimage is organised by the KlubSeniora (Polish Senior Citizens Club) and KołoPolek (Polish Women’s League), who charter a bus for the day and pick up the passengers along the way from the Hutt Valley and Wellington. The bus reverberates with traditional Polish songs. A Polish Mass is celebrated in St Patrick’s Church in Paraparaumu, after which, those able to do so, climb the short, steep path to the statue, where the rosary is recited and hymns are sung in thanksgiving for their survival all those years ago. After a stopover for lunch in cafes (or bring your own sandwiches),the bus returns to Wellington.

The pilgrimage is organised by the KlubSeniora (Polish Senior Citizens Club) and KołoPolek (Polish Women’s League), who charter a bus for the day and pick up the passengers along the way from the Hutt Valley and Wellington. The bus reverberates with traditional Polish songs. A Polish Mass is celebrated in St Patrick’s Church in Paraparaumu, after which, those able to do so, climb the short, steep path to the statue, where the rosary is recited and hymns are sung in thanksgiving for their survival all those years ago. After a stopover for lunch in cafes (or bring your own sandwiches),the bus returns to Wellington.

There are still some vacancies on the bus on Tuesday 10 February. Anyone wishing to join the group on that day, please contact Irena Banaś, tel. (04) 971-6440, or Halina Manterys tel (04) 972-4194. The bus is subsidised, so there is no charge for the fare.

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  The December 2014 newsletter Embassy of the Republic of Poland  can be downloaded from the Polish Link page. Click here.
   

 

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Photo taken by Krzysztof Białoskórski.

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Professor Norman Davies in working on a new book dedicated to the phenomenon of the Anders' Army - "Trail of Hope". MillionYou, along with the professor invites everyone to take part in a crowdsourcing project aimed at collecting memories of that exceptional military formation and it's fate. The collected materials will serve as sources in the book and help to preserve the memory of the Anders' Army. All of your stories, photos and texts will become a part of a unique interactive archive of the Anders' Army. Professor Norman Davies about Trail of Hope.   ...more

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