Adam Aston singing Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino

One of the first times I played in public as a kid was at the local Polish club, and I remember trying to figure out what all these old folks were doing in this neighbourhood, amid numerous refugees from newer tyrannies in Asia and Africa and Latin America. After that it was a short conceptual journey (with thanks to the DG) to the most excellent Polish Officers Club on Exhibition Road, SW7, and since then Poles have popped up regularly in my life in the most unexpected of places. Here’s the latest addition, 1930s and -40s star Adam Aston/Adolf Loewensohn singing a tribute to the Poles who survived Hitler and Stalin only to die at Monte Cassino during the liberation of Italy:

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