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This poem was written by my wife Lin's father who died about 30 years ago. He was a journalist living in Czechoslovakia when World War II broke out. He was on the hit list and escaped just in time, leaving his wife and young child behind, hoping to return shortly.

He walked, yes, walked, to the English channel almost getting shot climbing over a fence on the way. There he got on a boat and landed in England where, being German-speaking and having no papers he was interned on the Isle of Man.

At the end of the war he was released but without papers couldn't then return to Czechoslovakia to be re-united with his wife, she couldn't leave Czechoslovakia and they ended up having to get divorced. Then he met Lin's mum as his English teacher, they got married and had two daughters. He died of cancer while Lin and her sister were still quite young.

by Graham Lane on behalf of Rudolph Prade, his father-in-law

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