Christmas Delayed 71 Years By War

An unintentional, but wonderful post. I learned this morning, watching the BBC News, that a trove of Christmas cards and letters from WW2 have been found on the Channel Island of Jersey, off the British coast. The island was occupied during WW2 by the German Army. The civilian population of the island tried to come up with various ways to strike back at their German occupiers, and in one action, stole a number of German soldiers’ Christmas letters to their families back in Germany. The cards and letters were recently re-discovered, and after some postal detective work, they are now being delivered to the families of the soldiers.

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20 Responses to Christmas Delayed 71 Years By War

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    So long ago, yet still a find. It will be interesting to see if families are found, thus looking forward to an update.

    • The Beeb did show the first one being delivered, to a grandson who looked mid-thirties. Could you imagine that? Out of the blue, some complete stranger shows up on your doorstep with a letter from your grandfather, when HE was 18? I don’t think they’ve invented a good enough word for the feeling – “cool” just seems so .. weak! 🙂

  2. Teeny Bikini says:

    That is truly amazing. I bet those families would be truly shocked if they are found. Wow.

  3. Wow, that is fantastic and amazing.. i hope they manage to track down the familys 🙂
    Mollie and Alfie

  4. unfetteredbs says:

    Please go read this John.. I think you’ll get a giggle out of it..

  5. unfetteredbs says:

    this post is so cool. too bad they wouldn’t scan the cards in so we all could read them. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Families should donate them

  6. so you finally told them where you put the letters? So now where’s Hoffa???

    • I ain’t tellin;. BUT – if you plan on buying real estate in the River North area of Chicago, make sure the foundations are checked by ultrasound for air gaps. You know, like spaces in the concrete where something might have … oh, I don’t know …. decomposed? 😉

  7. Binky says:

    That would be quite an experience, to get a letter like that from a deceased relative.

  8. Great piece John 🙂

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