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  • 2 November 2018

    The Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand announce a seminar featuring Women Survivors of two totalitarian rules. At the event the Polish Ambassador will open an exhibition entitled ‘Women of Independence' highlighting the Centenary of Poland's regained Independence and 100 years of women's rights to vote in Poland. Additionally, a special one-off screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" will be held in Wellington.

    The discussion around the topic  'From Totalitarianism through Hope to a New Life in New Zealand: Women’s Perspectives' will take place in the panel, with the participation of four women – Vera Egermayer, Stefania Sondej, Stefania Zawada and Inge Woolf - who survived the Holocaust and Siberia, and will be moderated by Emeritus Professor Roberto Rabel of Victoria University of Wellington.


    In 2018, Poland celebrates the 100th anniversary of our regained Independence as well as the 100th anniversary of Polish women gaining voting rights, which coincides with the New Zealand Suffrage 125 commemorations.


    Women Survivors of two totalitarian rules  have been through horrific experiences of deportation to Siberia in Soviet Russia and the Holocaust and the Nazi German camps. The event will be held at the National Library in Wellington on Monday 19 November.


    Additionally, on 20 November, again in cooperation with the Holocaust Centre, we will  organise a screening of the  acclaimed film, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017), directed by New Zealand director Niki Caro.


    By organising those events, we would like to highlight the history of European women, who – despite the painful and turbulent experiences of their childhood – managed to live positive lives and to contribute to a culturally diverse New Zealand society.  They stand today as great examples and their experiences continue to hold contemporary relevance.


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