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WWII Christmas Cards Delivered 71 Years Late
The Local ^ | 19 Dec 12

Posted on 12/19/2012 2:43:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

Christmas greetings from German soldiers occupying the British island of Jersey during the Second World War have finally been delivered 71 years later.

Stolen by a group of island youths in December 1941 as an act of defiance against the Nazis, the holiday letters first resurfaced in 2006. Now, after Jersey's historical archive has catalogued their content, they have been sent on to their intended destinations in Germany.

"Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year wishes you Soldier Emil Adam. Greetings to Maier, Fischer and Melcher," read a letter yellow with age delivered to Engelbert Josef Bergmann in Mühlheim am Main in the state of Hesse.

Addressed to his grandfather, the letter's innocuous holiday message sent a wave of relief through the farmer.

"You don't really know what to feel," Bergmann said, after reading the letter.

Germany's mail service Deutsche Post said some of the recently delivered letters had been rejected by people fearing they would expose the Nazi fervour of their relatives or neighbours during the war.

In total, 86 Christmas messages disappeared at the time.

"The archive asked us this year to deliver as many letters as possible to the addressees or their descendants," said Michael McNally from the Jersey postal service.

Bergmann said he planned to pass on the soldier's holiday greetings seven decades later.


TOPICS: Local News; Military/Veterans; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: germany; godsgravesglyphs; jersey; worldwareleven

1 posted on 12/19/2012 2:43:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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2 posted on 12/19/2012 4:49:00 PM PST by waynesa98
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To: nickcarraway

Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!


3 posted on 12/19/2012 5:17:54 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: nickcarraway

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks nickcarraway.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 12/19/2012 8:49:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kaehurowing

A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator, “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy’s voice comes back on the line. He says: “OK, now what?”


5 posted on 12/20/2012 6:29:30 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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