13 episodes

From North Africa to Britain and through Europe, Letters of Love in WW2 tells a unique story of the Second World War from the perspective of two people that lived through it.

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 after they had both passed on. With the family’s poignant and emotional interviews bookending each episode and featuring the voices of Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall and author and broadcaster Johny Pitts, Letters of Love in WW2 gives an incredible first-hand insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period.

Letters of Love in WW2 HISTORY

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    • 4.9 • 99 Ratings

From North Africa to Britain and through Europe, Letters of Love in WW2 tells a unique story of the Second World War from the perspective of two people that lived through it.

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 after they had both passed on. With the family’s poignant and emotional interviews bookending each episode and featuring the voices of Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall and author and broadcaster Johny Pitts, Letters of Love in WW2 gives an incredible first-hand insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period.

    Extra: Interview with Ancestry genealogist Simon Pearce

    Extra: Interview with Ancestry genealogist Simon Pearce

    “We can learn so much not just from letters and correspondence but just from talking to family and keeping the stories alive.”

    Sam Pearson interviews Ancestry's resident genealogist Simon Pearce. An expert in First and Second World War history, Simon is able to give insight into how you can start your search into your family record but also the importance of keeping your family story alive.

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    • 22 min
    Extra: Memories of Cyril and Olga

    Extra: Memories of Cyril and Olga

    “He was doing 100 press-ups every morning.”

    The Mowforth family share some of their fond memories of Cyril and Olga.

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    • 10 min
    Extra: The importance of the letters to the family

    Extra: The importance of the letters to the family

    "It's massively important, historically, to find these letters. It's going to be one of the last eras where that's going to happen."

    The Mowforth family share their thoughts on what finding Cyril and Olga's correspondence means to them and the importance of forging such a deep connection with family members who, in some cases, they hardly knew.

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    • 9 min
    Extra: The family on Cyril and Olga's wartime experiences

    Extra: The family on Cyril and Olga's wartime experiences

    "I really wish, like so many people, that you could have had an extra hour or two to ask these things of your parents."

    Cyril and Olga's letters give a remarkable insight into the personal experiences of those that lived through the war - both on the frontline and at home. When the family found their many letters after they had passed, it helped bring them closer to the family they had lost and understand what they went through, forging a deeper connection with their past.

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    • 7 min
    8. VE Day: Grief and Relief

    8. VE Day: Grief and Relief

    As Germany officially surrenders, Cyril and Olga find hope once again in the fact that their love has survived so many years apart. They will go one to start the family they always dreamed of, with neither of them ever forgetting, and barely speaking of the lost six years. The story would only come to life again when the letters are found after both their deaths.

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    • 36 min
    7. Bergen-Belsen: Sorrow and Shock

    7. Bergen-Belsen: Sorrow and Shock

    As Olga gets a taste of Germany’s ‘Flying Bombs’ in Sheffield, Cyril knows the end of the war is coming as he drives the lead tank of his unit through Germany. As the couple reaches the five year point in their separation, Cyril’s unit becomes one of the first to liberate the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp — something he will never speak of and will likely haunt him his entire life.

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Totallycoolbeans ,

10 minutes to be hooked

What a delightful surprise to find the beautiful letters read by such charming voices.
I can see this couple writing their words to one another from different places in the world. Connected by love, surviving on conviction and a special quality of hardiness that was so unique to this generation of people. The hope of a future that would be free of fascism.
What a great gift to be able to partake in this families legacy of words.

Einpie ,

A wonderful podcast and thank you

This podcast is wonderful! My father and his three brothers all fought in WWII. I never heard any of them speak of it and I stupidly never asked. They are all dead now and unfortunately my questions fall on deaf ears. This podcast gives me a little peak into their worlds during the war. Thank you

TeamPetersen ,

It was like being there.

I have been listening to WWII podcasts almost every night for 4 years and this is my favorite WWII podcast to date. Thanks to every person who contributed to the making of this podcast and especially to the family members who shared this treasure!

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