WWII Romeo and Juliette
Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:26 AM
These too young peolple have been together from 1940 until 1942 when Franz was sent to the Ostfront. You'd have expected their love to collapse? Not at all. Franz has been writing to his beloved from the front almost evey day. He received letters from his fiancée Christiane almost eveyday too. Because of the war some letters were lost , so theye are all numbered. There are hundreds of them !!!
I don't know who these lovers were, nore what happened to them after the war. They were probably separated by force . I don't know if Frantz even survived the front. It's a real Romeo and Juliette story. Beautiful and emotional.
This must have been their way to survive in the middle of a hell.
Enjoy and happy Valenties day. Docs will follow soon.
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:33 AM
The end of a love letter in German with some French phrases: when we will be united again I will kiss you non stop. I am yours for always and am thinking of nobody else but you, even when I'm angry at you . Je t'aime , always , always always....
If you open this you will find my heart, open this again and you will read my thoughts I love you alot alot alot !! (written partly in German and in French)
Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:46 PM
I really enjoy these personal items, it gives us a glimpse of the war from a completely different perspective. In this case, true love! Thanks Skipper!!!
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 05:31 AM
Here is a little poem he wrote for his sweatheart in 1943. In is entirely written in gothic. It says that how matter how they are separated they watch the same stars which unite them and their love is like the sunshine , so by watching the stars they can see their own love glitter.
Posted 13 February 2008 - 05:59 PM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:05 PM
Franz was in LE HAVRE in 1942 and then went to Russia from 42 to 1944.( or 1945, I don't know whether he survived)
Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:08 PM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:14 PM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:55 PM
Sturmkreuz .The full name is difficult to read . His mom calls him Franzi and his fiancé little duck (canard) in French.
I believ eFrnaz could be a nickname and that the real name is GEFR. WILLI MATTHIAS. It is all written in German with some French words, sometimes it's Gothic!
Posted 13 February 2008 - 08:12 PM
It would be too long to translate everything but Franz tells his fiancé that if only her mom would be more understanding it would be easier for all of them.
He even suggest swopping moms as a joke. He then tells that his own mom is very understanding and approves their love. He mentions them being maried
He also ends by saying that loves his fiancée mor eand more avery day and will write again the next day.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:39 AM
Posted 15 February 2008 - 03:06 PM
This will give you an idea of th decyphering work I am doing to put the jigsaws of this love story together. I will have a lot more soon. There are 380 letters!!
They are mostly written by a FRANZ to his Fiancée Christiane. There are alos a few written by her to him. Then several letters are from Franz's mother to Christiane. The mothe rapproves their love and actually forwards the letters.
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:50 PM
How did you come about receiving these letters?
Posted 15 February 2008 - 05:05 PM
Posted 16 February 2008 - 11:18 AM
I don't know about the 1940-41 period because the archive starts in 1942. In 1942 Franz FELLERING from Hüttenberg, Carinthia in Austria was based in LE havre Normandy. He already knew his fiancée Christiane (also nicknamed Monica, Moni, Mauserlein etc..) They were madly in love with each other and wrote daily love letters. These letters are absolutely beautiful and very interesting form a historical point of view. Later Franz and Christiane would be geographically separated. Franz would add a return stamp in his letters so that Christiane could benefit from the German Fieldpost which was faster. He would also send his own letters to a Kamarad who was still in le Havre (usually Willi Matthias) who would forward his letters. When Franz was ill in a Lazarett he would ask a friend and would give him cigarettes or a cigar for his service.
In 1943 Franz was sent to BELGIUM and then to the OSTFRONT. Their love did not only suvice this terrible new but actually grew stronger. Franz was sent to Southern Ukraine and was in ROMANIA in 1944. I am not sure about his occupation, I think he worked in a kitchen and brought supplies and food to the front. This is how he ended up on a boot on the Black sea in July 1944 and struck a mine. He got Scharpnel in his neck and lungs and took four days to die. I have his last letter in which he calls his fiancée his wife/ bride and says how happy they will be after this terrible war. On July 18th Christiane was very worried because sh had not gotten any news from Franz for three weeks. She wrote him many letters but these were returned.
Then on July 30th a letter managed to get through the line despite the Normandy battle. Franz's mother tells her the devastating news. I also have the draft of Chritiane's answer from August 1st, which is a beautiful letter in which she says she wil visit them after the war and will continue to consider her as her own mother. I do not know what happened to Christiane after August 1944. I suppose this was the last letter because Normandy was liberated soon after.
Posted 16 February 2008 - 11:21 AM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:49 AM
Letters were so important then and so important to us now from a historical perspective.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:20 AM
Things must have been terrible for Christiane. Not only her lover was far away and died, but her own family seemed to have been against this relation. The only people she could write to were here her sister in law and her mother in law, but just one letter before the postal service was interrupted when the Germans evacuated Normandy. The most terrible thing is that they all hated the war. Depsite censorship Franz wrote this in his letters. "Why are others so happy, whereas we are to be miserable and seperated because I am stuck in damned Russia? when is this dreadful war going to end?"
Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:15 AM
"My dear Mademoiselle Christi,
There is the Kamrade of Franzi called Heri. The biggest wish of Heri is that Franzi leaves tomorrow and leaves his Kamarad alone. I must tell you that Franzi is a catastrophic Rogue and I believe it is better that if he was without me. I tell you I love you, but that is my secret!"
Then Franzi adds: "I have just a question do you believe one word of what my Kamarad Heri says? Of course the answer is no!!!!!! I love you more than anything. Franzi"
Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:19 AM
Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:28 AM
Thanks again Skipper.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:10 PM
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:54 PM
The letter is very interesting it mentions the despair of a long wait, but alos the Saturday evening activites (cinema with friends). The films the Germans played = a train departs (Ein Zug Fährt ab) and the sunday off day which will allow Franz to write Christiane another love letter.
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