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, 1945

A few years ago, a smashed aluminum box was found in a foxhole from World War II. On it, a Russian soldier had drawn his girlfriend Levka. It also bears the Russian inscription "Bridgehead on the Weichsel river, Poland 1944". The Red Army had reached the Weichsel at the end of July of that year. Sporadically, they managed to conquer bridgeheads west of the river. German and Russian troops faced each other in this location for almost six months. In trench warfare, soldiers have ample time. That is how our little box received its ornament. It was supposed to be a souvenir of these battles. The attack finally advanced to the Oder river in January of 1945. During the fierce Battle of the Seelow Heights, the small cigarette case was lost near Gusow. Did the soldier ever see Levka again?


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