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The family stand proudly as the Defence Attache says a few words, citing a moving text from the Polish War Cemetery at Monte Cassino in Italy which holds the graves over 1,000 Poles who died storming the abbey there in May 1944.

Then we present the Second World War medals to the daughter, grandson and other family members of a Polish farmer whose story encapsulates the suffering and turbulence which the 20th century brought to this part of Europe.

The remarkable Stanaslaw Wyslouch was born in what was Poland in 1920 but which became part of the Soviet Union in 1939. He was interned by Soviet forces until 1941.

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