SIX MALE PROTAGONISTS
Two close friends of our family appear in seven of the
above photos. Their
names are Andrzej Frodel (André)
and Franciszek Mrowicki (Franki).
Franki is from Gdansk, Poland and prior to the war he's
a student at Lwów's
Polytechnic University. Franki is the
age of Victor Perantoni and he's also a loyal patron
"Winiarnia Italia" wine and pasta tavern, where he eats
lunch daily between school
hours, also where he enjoys
many pleasant evenings with Victor and family.
André is a stamp-collector and a passionate philatelist.
is older than Victor they both share
an enthusiastic love for stamps and philately.
Together with Franki, the three of them organize weekly
card-gambling meetings at the "Winiarnia Italia tavern"
where they enjoy long evenings playing
cards with local
stamp collectors. They gamble, not for money, but using
stamps like poker chips
of various denominations.
The three are close friends, sharing their joy of precious
rare stamps and quality
Italian wine as their bond. They
remain close friends, also during and after the war.
In 1947, however, Franki returns to his home in Gdansk
and soon after all communication with him ceases due to
Soviet censure and Stalin's tyrannical persecution.
For the same reason, neither Victor nor André are able
return to Lwów. Nonetheless, they remain best friends for
rest of their lives, even over three continents.
The other soldiers in the photos are mutual friends of André
and Franki from their service in the valiant
Polish 2nd Corps.
Our family had also known some of them from Lwów.
These friends and the remaining noble warriors of Polish
General Władysław Anders, together with their sacrificed
heroes, had recently defeated Mussolini's Nazi-Fascist
alliance and had liberated
the Kingdom of Italy.
their triumphant victories they're in Italy with the
Perantoni family, just waiting and sharing our anxiety
to go back home to Poland after six long years of war.
André and Franki, together with Victor, Luigi, and
Carlo Perantoni, are five
of our six protagonists.