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Lithuanian lost letters from the 1960s, 70s delivered decades later

Letters lost for decades have finally been delivered.

Eighteen letters from the 1960s and 70s were discovered over the summer at a former post office in Vilnius, Lithuania, while a wall in the building was torn down, Reuters reported.

The owner of the building, Jurgis Vilutis, told Reuters he believes a postal worker probably searched the letters for money and saved them.

When the letters were found, Vilutis said he reached out to the post office, which decided to try to track down the recipients.

"I'm so glad they got interested," Vilutis told Reuters.

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The business also noted that the letters were from pen pals or relatives who had moved out of Lithuania, which was part of the Soviet Union at the time.

A collection of 18 letters sent about 50 years ago via the Lithuanian Post Office was recently found hidden in a wall.

A collection of 18 letters sent about 50 years ago via the Lithuanian Post Office was recently found hidden in a wall. (REUTERS / Janis Laizans)

A letter sent to the Lithuanian woman Genowefa Klonowska about 50 years ago is pictured.

A letter sent to the Lithuanian woman Genowefa Klonowska about 50 years ago is pictured. (REUTERS / Janis Laizans)

After months of tracking recipients - since street names and numbers have changed - post office workers in Vilnius were finally able to deliver only a few of the 18 letters last month, according to Reuters.

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Five recipients were found, and in some cases, post office workers delivered the letters to the children of the intended recipients.

"We felt a moral obligation to do this," Deimante Zebrauskaite, Lithuania Post's head of the customer experience department, told Reuters.

Genowefa Klonowska recently received this letter along with a paper doll and a handmade colored rose, which was sent about 50 years ago.

Genowefa Klonowska recently received this letter along with a paper doll and a handmade colored rose, which was sent about 50 years ago. (REUTERS / Janis Laizans)

Building owner Jurgis Vilutis shows a hole in the wall where the letters were found in the former post office building in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Building owner Jurgis Vilutis shows a hole in the wall where the letters were found in the former post office building in Vilnius, Lithuania. (REUTERS / Janis Laizans)

"A lady likened the experience to receiving a message from a bottle thrown into the sea," Zebrauskaite added.

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One recipient, Genovefa Klonovska, received a letter from a pen pal in Poland, which was stamped in 1970, when Klonovska was 12 years old.

Mail recipient Genowefa Klonowska received a letter about 50 years later in Vilnius, Lithuania, on January 25, 2022.

Mail recipient Genowefa Klonowska received a letter about 50 years later in Vilnius, Lithuania, on January 25, 2022. (REUTERS / Janis Laizans)

The letter contained a handmade colored rose and two paper dolls, according to Reuters.

"I thought someone was pranking me," said Klonovska, who is in her 60s today.

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Klonovska does not remember her pen pal and thinks their relationship ended when Klonovska never received her letter, Reuters reported.

"So good that the letter was irrelevant," she told Reuters. "The loss was not life-changing."

She added: "What if they handed over a lost letter from a suitor to his love and their wedding never took place?"

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