Romance during WWII-Part 3

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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.

Soldier Is Greeted With A Kiss From His Ecstatic Wife As He Comes Home From France On Christmas

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

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US Soldier Giving Japanese Girl A Bicycle Ride, With Handlebar Riding Forbidden, 1946

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A GI And His Girl Walk Arm-In-Arm Among The Sheep In Kensington Gardens, London, 1945.

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A Present For His Girlfriend, California, 1943

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US Soldier And Local Girl Sharing A Chocolate Bar And Cigarettes, 1940s

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Soldier Is Welcomed Home At Long Beach Airport, 1945

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An American GI And His French Girlfriend Holding One Another While On A Date, 1940s

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Don’t lose your head on Valentine’s day

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Ah yes, it is that time of year again when men frantically rush into the shops to buy those last minutes cards and presents for their beloved. Sweaty palms, nervous twitches etc. I say men because lets face it, you hardly see any women in shops buying valentine’s gifts(they are clever, they would have bought  stuff a week earlier).

It is the feast day of love and romance but the origin of St Valentine’s day is a brutal one.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns.

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The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine.

A Roman priest named Valentine believing that the decree was unfair, went against the cruel emperor’s decree and continued to secretly wed young lovers. When his actions were discovered, Claudius had the defiant Roman priest arrested and put to death. Part of the legend is the priest’s farewell note for his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended. He signed it, “From Your Valentine.”

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Valentine was taken to the Prefect of Rome, who sentenced him to be beaten to death and beheaded. Valentine’s execution took place on February 14, around the year 270. He was declared a saint for his service, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Although not much is actually known about this St. Valentine (as there are actually several early Christian martyrs named Valentine), and whether he actually performed his heroic deed for lovers, the world has come to regard him as a true herald of love, and has been celebrating February 14 by exchanging love letters and special gifts.

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I pronounce you POTUS and first lady.

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I have to admit that the title isn’t technically correct, since at the time they were not yet a President of the US and their first wives.(with the exception of President Cleveland)But if I would have called it I pronounce you husband and wife people would not think this blog would contain wedding pictures of former US Presidents and their wives, they might just think it was a blog promoting “Say yes to the dress” Yes I know it is scary I even know the title.

The President of the USA is without a doubt the most powerful office on the globe, but before they became president they were just ‘regular’ human beings who did regular things like getting married. The above picture is a wedding photograph of Harry and Bess Truman, 1919.

Below are few more pictures o presidential wedded bliss.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter married in 1946 before Jimmy graduated from Naval school—hence his dashing uniform in their wedding photo. They lived all over the country thanks to Jimmy’s deployment, but eventually settled down in the White House

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Hillary initially rejected Bill’s proposal—but she eventually agreed to marry him and they tied the knot in 1975.

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Barbara and George H.W. Bush, First Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY, January 6, 1945.

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President George W. Bush met Laura Welch at a backyard barbecue, and they were engaged after just three months. The couple got married in 1977 and had twin girls in 1981—Barbara and Jenna.

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Drawing of President Grover Cleveland’s and Frances Folsom’s wedding, the Executive Mansion (White House), Washington, D.C., June 2, 1886.

Cleveland entered the White House as a bachelor, and his sister Rose Cleveland joined him, to act as hostess for the first two years of his administration. However, unlike the previous bachelor president James Buchanan, Cleveland did not remain a bachelor for very long. In 1885 the daughter of Cleveland’s friend Oscar Folsom visited him in Washington.Frances Folsom was a student at Wells College. When she returned to school, President Cleveland received her mother’s permission to correspond with her, and they were soon engaged to be married.On June 2, 1886, Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the Blue Room at the White House.He was the second President to wed while in office,and has been the only President married in the White House.

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Barack and Michelle put a ring on it in 1992 after meeting at their law firm. Their first date? A screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

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JFK and Jackie . got married in a 1953 Newport, Rhode Island, wedding, with 700 guests at the ceremony and a whopping 1,200 at the reception. Hope they had a big cake because that’s a lot of hungry people to feed.

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan, the Little Brown Church in the Valley, Los Angeles, CA, March 4, 1952. It was of course the 2nd time around for Reagan.

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Charles Henry, Lou Henry Hoover, Jean Henry, Herbert Hoover and Florence Henry, Monterey, CA, February 10, 1899

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The price for the most handsome couple has to go the Eisenhowers. How completely and totally iconic is this 1916 wedding portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie? These two married at Mamie’s parents’ home in Colorado after getting engaged on Valentine’s day.

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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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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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