Hela Moroz (nee Pateluch)
Family photos from pre-war Poland,
the Middle East, India and the UK
This is the earliest photograph I have of myself from my childhood in
Poland. My parents with me as a baby in my mother’s arms and my sister
Tekla, on the right. An aunt is on the left by my father (1928).
After my sister Anna’s wedding to Jósef Szeliga, not long before
war broke out. (My mother is on the groom’s left and my father is next to
the priest, who is next to my sister Anna, the bride.) The group is in front
of our house.
Hela, brother Piotr and sister Tola in their new uniforms (Pahlevi).
Tola, our mother and me in Isfahan.
This is a photograph of the convent, pupils and teachers at Isfahan. This
building was where the adults were housed; the children had their own
With the Polish Girl Guides in Isfahan. I am the girl with plaits,
third from right, second main row, next to two female teachers.
At a meal at the convent in Isfahan. On the extreme
left is one of the cooks while a teacher is next to her. Another cook is on
the far right.
The memorial service after General Sikorski’s tragic death, Isfahan, where adult refugees stayed.
It was in Valivade that I came to know Sabina Marczewska, later
My father and brother in their wartime uniforms
My father, with his medals, in Scotland.
In Scotland. I am on the right with my brother, mother and Tola
before she emigrated to Canada.
Hela - ready to go to a Polish dance
I attended the first reunion of the Poles from India at the Ladbroke Grove
Swimming Pool Hall, which proved to be a memorable day for
Rysiek went to the Polish Merchant Navy School in England in 1944
Rysiek Moroz at Polish Merchant Navy School_UK 1944_2
This is us together when the children were young. Barbara is the
baby in my arms.
My younger son, Emil, joined the Royal Air Force, graduating from the
RAF College, Cranwellin 1983
Left to right: Chris, Barbara and Emil, after my husband’s funeral.
Alicja Swiatek Christofides, with Hela
in 2013. Alicja is the daughter of Hela’s friend from Valivade Polish Camp,
Sabina Swiatek (née Marczewska), who greatly treasured their