Born in Lublin in 1917, Peter Sedgman has had a very eventful life. In his teens he had an interlude in Palestine and with disastrous timing, he returned to Poland just prior to Germany’s invasion. Conscripted into the Polish army, he spent 18 months as a prisoner-of-war in Germany. He later had six months in hiding with his only surviving brother, who then tragically lost the will to live, and was killed. After an audacious escape from a German labour camp, Peter finally joined a group of Polish partisans.
After the war, he married Stella Kohen and together they had a long sojourn in Italy before coming to Australia with their three year old daughter, Christine.
Life in Australia provided further challenges for the family of three, but despite these difficulties, Peter was able to rebuild his life.