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How 700 Polish children made an unlikely journey from the depths of Siberia to the New Zealand countryside.

Stories from the Eastern West

2020

After the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939, many Polish families were deported to Siberia. When Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, families tried to flee Europe. In some cases, only the children made it to safety in Iran, South Africa and Mexica while a group of 700 travelled to New Zealand.