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  • 16 May 2019

    On May 16, 2019, National Commemoration the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino was held in Wellington.

    The ceremony was attended by representatives of the New Zealand Government, the Parliament, diplomatic corps, Wellington City Council and veteran organisations. Various Polish communities were represented in large numbers, including the Polish Ex-Servicemen Association in New Zealand, the Polish Association in New Zealand. Present were also the Polish Pahiatua Children.

     

    Minister Grant Robertson representing the New Zealand Government, Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski and other representatives of the countries belonging to the anti-Nazi coalition as well as Germany all laid wreaths in the Hall of Memories at the Pukeahu National War Memorial.

     

    After the official ceremony, the Polish Embassy in Wellington organised a seminar with the participation of a renowned military historian Lt Col (Ret.) Christopher Pugsley, who spoke with great acclaim about Polish soldiers. We also presented the exhibition on the Anders Army and the video spot about Monte Cassino Battle.

     

    In his speech, Ambassador Gniatkowski referred to the brotherhood of Polish and New Zealand soldiers. He also recalled the history of the formation of the Anders Army, which in 1942 saved thousands of civilians sent earlier by the Soviets to Siberia and deep into Russia. A group of 733 Polish children who survived the exile to Siberia, arrived in New Zealand in 1944. Several of them participated in today's celebrations.

     

    After the ceremony, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland also presented Minister Grant Robertson with books about the Anders Army and the Polish Pahiatua Children.

     

     

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