During my last stay in Warsaw, Ela, my 77 y.o. lovely host, told me a number of fascinating stories about the WWII, the German occupation and the ulterior (and much worse) soviet domination. Here’s a little example:
After the Second World War, and at the beginning of the communist times, the poverty of the population was extreme, and special precautions should be taken when posting goods, in order for these to not being stolen. My family in Canada wanted to send me a pair of shoes, but they could only send one shoe at a time, with an interval of several weeks. A single shoe was much less likely to get stolen than a full pair!
As a writer, I was stricken by this little anecdote, because it’s the type of thing one would have never thought of unless told about it or personally gone through the experience.