Romance During WWII-Part 2

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Amidst all the fighting and drama there was still some space for romance during WWII, at the end of the day it is a fact that love conquers all.

Women wave goodbye to troops, as they march off to WWII. England. 1939.

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A couple in New York’s Penn Station share a farewell kiss in 1943 before he ships off to war during WWII.

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A soldier’s girl kisses the boy goodbye in a 34th Street bus terminal, while another soldier cooperates by holding her up to reach him. New York. 1941.

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Soldier consoles his weeping wife in 1944 as he says goodbye at Pennsylvania Station before returning to duty after brief furlough during WWII

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At London’s King’s Cross station, a serviceman leans out of a train window to kiss his lover goodbye at the end of a period of leave. 1944.

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A man, his girl, and his dog stage a poignant farewell scene in Washington. 1942.

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Girls board a truck to go to a last dance with American soldiers. Location and date unspecified

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Cyla And Simon Wiesenthal- A remarkable Love story.

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We have all heard of Simon Wiesenthal.The Austrian Jew survived the Holocaust and later helped hunt down thousands of Nazi war criminals. But the story of his marriage to Cyla Wiesenthal is every bit as spectacular as the story of his fight for justice.

Cyla and Simon married in 1936 and lived in the Polish city of Lvov, which is today part of Ukraine. In 1941, the Nazis arrived, and Lvov became the Jewish ghetto of Lemberg.Lwow_Ghetto_(spring_1942)

In October 1941, the Wiesenthals were shipped to a small labor camp, where they worked for a year. By then, the mass killing of Jews was gathering pace, and the couple knew their deportation to an extermination camp was inevitable

In late 1941, Wiesenthal and his wife were transferred to Janowska concentration camp and forced to work at the Eastern Railway Repair Works.bigjanow03

He painted swastikas and other inscriptions on captured Soviet railway engines, and Cyla was put to work polishing the brass and nickel. In exchange for providing details about the railways, Wiesenthal obtained false identity papers for his wife from a member of the Armia Krajowa, a Polish underground organisation. wp_armia_krajowa_wilno_970dArmia Krajowa smuggled her out of the camp in early 1943 and provided her with a fake Christian identity.

Cyla was sheltered in Lublin, over 200 kilometers (120 mi) to the north. In June 1943, the Gestapo began rounding up suspicious women in the town, so Cyla traveled back to Lemberg to find Simon. After hiding for two days in a train station cloakroom, she made brief contact with him. Once again, he used his resistance contacts, this time to find her shelter in Warsaw.Warsaw_(1940s)

In 1944, Simon tried to commit suicide. He survived, but the story lost that important detail when Armia Krajowa informed Cyla of Simon’s actions, and she believed he was dead. In the meantime, he was moved to a different camp and met a man who had lived on the same Warsaw street as Cyla. The man told Simon that every building on the road had been destroyed by Nazis using flamethrowers, with no survivors.German_Brennkommando-firing_Warsaw_1944 When Simon’s camp was liberated in May 1945, he contacted the Red Cross, who confirmed his wife was dead.

Except she wasn’t. Cyla had been captured in Warsaw and sent to a camp, and the British had freed her a month before the Americans rescued Simon. Each believed the other was dead, until Cyla was reunited with a mutual acquaintance in Krakow. He was extremely surprised to see her. “I’ve just had a letter from your husband asking me to help locate your body,” the friend explained. Unfortunately, they still had a problem—Simon was in the American zone, and Cyla was in the Soviet.

Simon hired a man named Felix Weissberg to get his wife across the border. However, Weissberg was far from competent. He destroyed Cyla’s papers before getting to Krakow, where he forgot her address. He put a notice on a bulletin board: “Would Cyla Wiesenthal please get in touch with Felix Weissberg who will take her to her husband in Linz.”

When three women presented themselves, all claiming to be Cyla, Weissberg had no idea which one was telling the truth. He couldn’t smuggle three women across the border with new fake documents, so he had to guess after interviewing each one. Luckily, he got it right. The couple reunited, and they wasted no time making up for their two years apart. Their daughter was born nine months later.05taetigkeit-linz01

(Simon Wiesenthal with his wife Cyla in Amsterdam with Queen Juliana and her Husband Prince Bernhard)

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Love and War

It wasn’t only death and destruction during WWII, sometimes there was time for a bit of romance and love.

Whispering sweet nothings

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US Army Nurse kissing a Corporal. They were just married

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A daughter awaiting her father’s arrival home

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This “no, no, not yet” goodbye

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Welcome home, a family re-united.

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The kisses and tears of a goodbye between soldiers and their sweethearts after a brief leave in 1944, at Penn Station, New York City

A Canadian soldier and his new British girlfriend

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A soldier’s day off, might as well make the most of it.

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The Sacrifice

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Romance during WW2

Amidst all the fighting and destruction there was still some time for romance during World War 2.

A Sailor Kissing A Nurse In New York’s Times Square. This Iconic Photo Symbolizes The End Of World War II. This is probably the most famous romantic WW2 picture.

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A Young Woman Lifts Her Feet While Embracing And Kissing A Uniformed Us Soldier At The Train Station, Connecticut, 1945.

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Farewell To Departing Troops At New York’s Penn Station, April 1943

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A Woman Leans Over The Railing To Kiss A British Soldier Returning From World War II, London, 1940

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Jean Moore Kneels And Kisses Her Fiancé, Wheelchair-Bound World War II Veteran Ralph Neppel, 1945

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A Soldier Comes Home From War, 1940s

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Saying Goodbye At The Train Station Before Departing To WWII

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American Soldier Kissing His English Girlfriend On Lawn In Hyde Park, 1945

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An English ATS And Eighth Air Force Sergeant Enjoy A Blissful Kiss, 1945

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Another Farewell To Departing Troops At New York’s Penn Station, April 1943

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A British Soldier Whispers Into The Ear Of A Loved One As He Leaves For The Front, 1939

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Coffee Served On Porch Of Ante-Bellum Mansion, At Party For Cadets From Local Army Flying School, Mississippi, US, 1943

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A Young Woman On Roller Skates And Her Soldier Honey, 1940s

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A British Soldier Kisses His Wife On His Return From Serving With The Armed Forces, 1945

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Young Couple Chalking Hearts Onto A Tree, Valentine’s Day, 1944

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