The Struggle to be Me
Katarina Broughton lived through the WWII years as a young woman. Her experiences under the Nazi occupation make interesting reading and give an insight into what life was like for refugees and the dangers they faced. Her father was imprisoned for taking part in the Resistance movement. The family were Roman Catholics, but the author’s mother and grandmother were of Jewish origin and lived in fear of discovery.
After the war the family immigrated to New Zealand and built a new life for themselves. Her father was very successful in the bakery business. Broughton 's education was severely curtailed during the war years, but sheer determination and a thirst for knowledge led to her enrolment at Auckland University as an older student. Subsequently Broughton pursued a career in counselling and she is still involved in this profession.
'This is the story of my own family surviving under the German occupation in WWII, and our eventual immigration to New Zealand in the 1950s. It is the story of a girl who would not accept who she was and outright denied it, because of her very own conditioning. The girl is myself. I struggled for years to accept my heritage and roots and kept them a secret. I was torn between what was my own conditioning and what I must do which is to be me by accepting every part of me.' - From the Introduction
Katarina Broughton is counsellor who lives in Auckland.