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WWII Postcard Delivered After 63 Years

A postcard sent from a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1942 has been delivered to its address in Serbia after more than 63 years, reported state television in Belgrade.

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Better late than never...

The postcard that POW Vojislav Dzeletovic wrote to his wife Bosiljka on June 26, 1942 never made it to its destination. Instead, it was found languishing at a flea market in Germany, where antiques dealer Michael Cronenberg bought it for 12 euros ($14).

But instead of holding onto his find, Cronenberg decided to do a good deed.

"I don't know whether Bosiljka is still alive, but maybe there are still some family members who can get the card... Better late than never," the Serbian daily Blic quoted Cronenberg as saying in a letter sent with the postcard to the 1942 address.

Dzeletovic, originally from Serbian town Kragujevac, 120 kilometers (72 miles) south from Belgrade, was among thousands of Serbs imprisoned in German POW camps during the World War II.

Dänisch Jüdisches Museum in Kopenhagen

Postcards from prisoners held in German camps during World War II

"I am very concerned as I don't know what is happening with you... My dear, please write, you can only imagine how hard it is for me to have no news about you," said the card, bearing the date and the name of the camp.

But after the war, the family moved from Kragujevac to Belgrade, so the letter has ended up at the World War II memorial center.

"This unprecedented goodwill gesture will help overcome the bad memories from the past," said curator Nenad Djordjevic, urging "everyone to help him locate the Dzeletovic family."

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  • Date 11.08.2005
  • Author DW staff / AFP (dc)
  • Related Subjects Serbia
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  • Date 11.08.2005
  • Author DW staff / AFP (dc)
  • Related Subjects Serbia
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  • Permalink http://p.dw.com/p/72IG