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Three months after they wed, Cyril and Olga found themselves separated by the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1946, their love was kept alive on the pages of a thousand letters and postcards, found decades later by their family.


Featuring the voices of Amy Nuttall and Johny Pitts, alongside interviews with the family, HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 gives an insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period, including air raids, rations, El Alamein, D-Day and the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app.

Letters of Love in WW2 HISTORY

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 42 Ratings

Three months after they wed, Cyril and Olga found themselves separated by the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1946, their love was kept alive on the pages of a thousand letters and postcards, found decades later by their family.


Featuring the voices of Amy Nuttall and Johny Pitts, alongside interviews with the family, HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 gives an insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period, including air raids, rations, El Alamein, D-Day and the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

white_unicorn_199 ,

Unique and beautful story of love and war

Listening to Cyril and Olga transports you back to the reality of life during WW2. The diversity of Cyril's life at war, from glorious sites of foreign lands to the trauma of war up close and concentration camps.
Olga's life at home gives colour to how those left alone coped with the uncertainty of war time.
But the magic is how they kept their romance alive for over 5 years, the longing to see each other, to have baby and to finally start their life together, doing ordinary things as a married couple.

p_sea ,

Moving and compelling

Humanises the Second World War in a beautiful way. Just a generation or two separated from the war, it’s easy to forget just how all-encompassing it was. And, that it was fought and intimately felt by millions of ordinary people around the world.

Thumperbobsnuggles ,

Beautifully written letters.

I could have listened to this for hours and hours. Wonderful letters written at a time of uncertainty and anxiety in europe. A real sense of foreboding, but with a hint of hope that the war will end soon.
The stories are very personal and the letters described tragedies without the emotions we would see and hear in today’s world.

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