One of the many family keepsakes that I value are two beautiful hand-made Christmas cards.
As some people will remember, during the war, my mother and her family became friends with a young Polish airman who was serving with the Polish air force with the Allies. Alojzy Dreja corresponded with my grandparents until near the end of the war when my grandfather died and my grandmother and mother had to move from the Manse. Presumably, his letters were not forwarded to their new address.
For years, I wondered about him and wondered if he survived the war.
The cards also contained a letter from Alojzy, as well as a Polish Christmas wafer. That latter sadly, though for years was intact, has been crushed. We still have it wrapped in its original paper envelope.
Alojzy did survive the war, settled in England and married.
I managed to track down his son… Chris Dreja of The Yardbirds who very kindly sent me a photo of his father, taken on the day he married.
I will be taking the cards and wafer to my friend Krys’ house tonight for her traditional Polish Christmas celebration.