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Danuta  Haczyńska de Nobrega

Danuta Haczyńska de Nobrega, photography by Ane Hinds
 

Danuta Haczyńska de Nobrega was born in Warsaw in 1929. Her father was Feliks Tadeusz Haczyński, a diplomat and journalist who worked as a press attache in the Polish embassy in Moscow, and that is where Danuta Haczyńska spent her childhood years.

She spent the summer holidays of 1939 in Druskininkai, and it was from there that she and her mother took the last train to Moscow in late August. After a few weeks, the Haczyński family embarked on a long journey through Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and all the way to France, where they arrived in late 1939. Danuta Haczyńska de Nobrega attended a French school for a few months, but in 1940, she boarded a ship bound for Brazil with her parents.

Her father worked in the Polish legation and as an English teacher. Her mother worked in the Red Cross and helped organise the Polish Church in Brazil.

Danuta Haczyńska de Nobrega has lived in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Montevideo. She teaches French and English at a university.


She was interviewed by Aleksandra Pluta on 7 May 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

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From Druskininkai to Moscow
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Prisoners at the Polish embassy in Moscow
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The most beautiful capital in the world
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Tickets to Brazil
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Playing in the storm
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The millionaire beach
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I immersed myself in Brazilian life
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"Is this Russia?”
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