Couple who met in Nazi camp celebrate 60 years
16 November 2005, PRAGUE - A Czech couple who fell in love while imprisoned at a Nazi work camp is remembering their perilous first year while celebrating six decades together, a Prague newspaper reported Wednesday.
16 November 2005
PRAGUE - A Czech couple who fell in love while imprisoned at a Nazi work camp is remembering their perilous first year while celebrating six decades together, a Prague newspaper reported Wednesday.
Vaclav Vondruska, 85, and Marta Vondruskova, 82, were married 60 years ago after fleeing the camp as World War II was drawing to a close.
The romance began at a gramophone dance at the slave-labour camp in Christianstadt, Germany, which is now in Krzystkowice, Poland, they told the Mlada fronta Dnes newspaper.
As the Russian Army approached in February, 1945, the young lovers escaped and started walking south in hopes of reaching their village in then-Czechoslovakia.
"Several good people in Germany helped us cross the border," Vondruska said. "Others gave us food, drink, or let us pass the night in the hay."
After a week of walking and several close calls, they reached home to await the war's end. In November, they were married in a church in Libice nad Cidlinou, where they plan to renew their vows Thursday.
"We don't have a special recipe for a happy marriage (but) people should live with mutual respect, love and understanding," Vondruskova said.
Subject: German news