Wartime German Christmas letters stolen by Jersey youths finally delivered to soldiers' relatives

The festive act of reconciliation was made possible after the letters, hidden away in a grand piano since the theft in 1941, were handed in to archivists.

A gang of youths, all aged 15 or 16, had stolen the 90 letters from a Wehrmacht field post office in St Helier, in a perhaps rash bid to give the hated occupiers a bloody nose. They would have faced severe penalties if caught.

Fearing discovery, the youths handed them to a friend, who stashed them in a grand piano for 66 years, before taking them to the official Jersey Archive....

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