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Ryszard Szablicki was born in Melbourne on 5 June 1952 and immediately placed in a foundling home by his mother. He remained in institutional care for over ten years.In Orphanage Boy:Through the Eyes of Innocence, Ryszard recounts his early life in several Catholic institutions through the eyes of that boy, naive and overwhelmed by the perverse corruption and indifference of a system he couldn't hope to understand.In 1996, he joined a class action against the brutality and abuse of one of these institutions. A federal Senate inquiry followed in 2004, investigating similar allegations. Finally, Ryszard received an unreserved apology for these abuses and some peace of mind.
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