With the approaching Christmas season I would like to wish you many meaningful and joyful moments, inner peace and perseverance, joy and the Lord’s blessing on each day of the coming Year.
Karol Nawrocki, PhD
Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk
A black and white photograph taken during Christmas 1940, showing soldiers posing at an improvised Christmas tree, belonging to Wiktor Gryka of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade and signed "First Christmas in Alexandria". Sergeant Wiktor Gryka (born 13.05.1904 in Bork) was interned at a camp in Romania in 1939, which he later fled. He joined the Polish Armed Forces in June 1940. He served in the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade and in the 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division. He fought in the Battle of Tobruk and at Monte Cassino, among others. He returned to Poland in 1948. Gift of Bożena Styburska.