New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland

First Street in Poland named after a New Zealander

Since June 2011 one of Warsaw’s streets is named after Peter Fraser, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1940-1949. Peter Fraser invited a group of around 850 Poles, who escaped from Siberia during World War II to New Zealand.

These Poles named “The Pahiatua Children” were settled in a camp in the town of Pahiatua in the North Island. Dr Dariusz Zdziech, an historian, and employee of the Embassy of New Zealand in Poland, gave a lecture about Mr. Fraser in Warsaw’s primary school no 16. It was no coincidence that this particular school was chosen. It is situated by Peter Fraser Street in Warsaw’s Kabaty district. All six-graders found out that day who exactly Peter Fraser was and why he was a friend of Poland and Poles. In addition, a small exhibition and some information materials were presented in the school corridors. The school's library was also enriched by several volumes on this subject.

 

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