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Halina Newman

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "My wife, Halina Newman, who has died aged 68 from complications following a stroke, was born in Belsen to Polish parents who had been imprisoned in the concentration camp during the second world war.
    After the camp was liberated in 1945, survivors were moved to a former German army barracks nearby, which became Belsen displaced persons camp, where Halina was born in 1946. After her mother died when she was five or six years old, her father, Tadeusz Grzegorzewski, turned to alcohol, and Halina lost contact with him.
    She was one of the first refugee children to be brought to Britain by a trio of wonderful Woking teachers, Joyce Pearce, Margaret Dixon and Ruth Hicks, who, hearing of the plight of thousands of displaced children, got in their cars and set off to Europe to do what they could to help.
    Out of this grew the Ockenden Venture (named after Joyce's house), the organisation through which the three teachers dedicated the rest of their lives to rescuing refugees all over the world."

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