Jackie thank you and yes it would be a great asset to be added to KSVM shop. Regards, Lenarda, Australia From: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.comMessage 1 of 6 , Mar 5View Source
Jackie thank you and yes it would be a great asset to be added to KSVM shop.
If you wish to purchase the book, I would recommend you contact the PHT directly via the same email I posted in response to Tracey:
I'm hoping this will somehow be added into the Kresy-Siberia Museum shop - will have to look into.
On 5 March 2013 21:41, Lenarda Szymczak <szymczak01@...> wrote:
Hi Jackie, Bob the Pole from Kazimierz, is not unusual as my Godfather Marian was called Harry, it was done to simplify language for the locals.
Thankyou for posting a report about the Polish Heritage Trust book launch in New Zealand.
Can this book called “Alone” be purchased by group and where is it available?
Best wishes from across the ditch
Lenarda, Sydney, Australia
I attended a book launch on Sunday 3rd March at the Polish Heritage Trust Museum in Auckland for a book called 'Alone' by Alina Suchanski and I thought I would share with the group. The book is about Alina's stepfather Antoni Leparowski (Tony) a Pahiatua child who arrived in New Zealand in 1944 after being orphaned in Siberia.
John Roy-Wojciechowski, Honorary Polish Consul (and founding member of Kresy-Siberia), introduced Alina. John spoke of his strong friendship with Tony and the family connection that exists between the Pahiatua children. He shared some of his experiences in Pahiatua camp and spoke of another friend who after coming to live with a New Zealand foster family became known by their 'kiwi' name. This particular friend decided 20 years later that he should be known by his proper name and this was readily accepted by his friends and community. This story struck a chord with me, as my father was known here in New Zealand as "Bob the Pole". I never quite knew how you would get "Bob" from Kazimierz, but there you have it. Most people knew my father was Polish, hence "the Pole", but I don't know if they ever knew his real name. (Please don't judge too harshly though, this was a product/mindset of the late 50's and he never did seem to mind).
Alina then spoke about her stepfather and her experiences in researching his story, including her trip to Poland to meet some of his family and her trip to the Ukraine. Tony got to read the completed manuscript but unfortunately he passed away before seeing the final published book. Alina also spoke of how part of her drive behind her work has come from growing up in Poland and never hearing about this part of history. Her introduction to the Soviet deportations began when Tony would share stories of his experiences. Alina then went on to read out a portion from the book. A story relating to some mischief the boys got up to in Pahiatua camp, with an experiment in wine making - courtesy of some sugar from the kitchen and some blueberries growing nearby.
We then watched the documentary that Alina produced called "Poles Apart", which has interviews with some of the Pahiatua children now based in the South Island including Alina's stepfather.
Alina has also published a book called 'Polish Kiwis' based on an exhibition she held some years ago.
I managed to purchase both of Alina's books and am really looking forward to reading them.