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With love from Graz

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 23-May-13 07:51:54

An amazing love story in the first of this week's guest posts.

After the loss of both her parents Loraine Fergusson learned the story of their wartime romance from their 300 love letters.

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j08 Thu 23-May-13 09:17:13

And everyone lived happily ever after. Wow. Good for them.

Looked at the blog. All those smiling faces! the war was such fun wasn't it.

Gorki Thu 23-May-13 09:34:13

Each to their own and it seems that her mother was happy for these letters to be shared.
My parents took the opposite view .They wrote to each other every day during the War and remained a loving and devoted couple until they died. On the day my father finally returned they took the decision to take all the letters into the garden and burn them because they were very personal to them and did not want others to read them. I am so glad they did this as I for one would not have wished to read them nor would I want others to . It's like reading someone else's diary.

MargaretX Thu 23-May-13 10:06:46

After I had met my German husband we were 4 years apart until we could afford to live together in Germany. In that time we wrote every other day and these letters are now in boxes in the loft. We have also thought of burning them but we put it off till later.

I can't understand others making a love story out of them. Must add that I have not read the blog either. WW2 is good for money in the UK. most of those who suffered were glad to put it all behind them.

harrigran Thu 23-May-13 12:04:45

A romance is private and should remain so. I made the decision to destroy letters from my husband as I did not want future generations reading them.

Gally Thu 23-May-13 12:29:34

After my Dad died I brought a lot of his things to my home and gradually went through them. About 4 years ago I was going through a box of paperwork and found letters, mostly from my Dad to my Mum (he must have destroyed hers to him I think) which had been written between 1940/46 when he finally returned home from India. I saw him in a completely different light, not my Dad, but as a very young man, so in love with his wife. I found them very moving and brought me to tears for what had been; I have kept them hidden away and in time I will write details on the box and leave it for his grandchildren and great grandchildren, but I certainly wouldn't want the world to be privy to his thoughts and feelings....

lucyinthesky Fri 24-May-13 15:33:23

Each to their own I feel. A love story brings warmth and hope to lots of people. If you don't want letters r diaries to be read by anyone else then burn them.

audnay Mon 27-May-13 10:46:54

I love a good love story, always better during the war, I think but when my husband was a serving soldier and he went to Falklands, Northern Island, and Iraq all on active duty, I wrote letters everyday, to him, I think because its ''WAR'' you never know what is going to happen, or if the worst is going to happen or a very bad injury, you want to feel close, you want them to know we don't forget them whilst away, and it wasn't just me I think a lot of people write everyday. I destroyed all my letters when my marriage broke down and got a divorce. The letters were between a husband and wife and not really for anyone else to read, especially the ''SPORTS'' Pages of the letter.

Tegan Mon 27-May-13 10:54:45

The Shell Seekers film was on telly last week; I've seen it before, seen it on stage and have read the book, but I still had to watch it again and still cried. And I'm not a romantic at all. Even more so when the story involves people who are regarded as poor because they don't have a servant [or only one].

gracesmum Mon 27-May-13 11:25:55

I have a box containg the letters my father wrote to my mother over the 12 month period before he was able to get her over from Germany after the end of the war.They met in Germany in the Harz mountains where my mother's firm had been evacuated from Berlin and my father was in charge of "clearing up" in places he never spoke of to me (Belsen being one of them)
I have tried to read them and want to preserve them for our DDs but I feel I am intruding so keep putting them aside. They do convey a touching optimism in the future- "bluebirds over "etc and belief that evil had really been put behind them. The "young man in love " Gally describes is very much the man who wrote these and I do think our DDs would appreciate them - but not the world.