September 8, 2007

Positivity: Wartime Lovers Reunited in Russia, Will Marry

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:05 am

From Krasnoyarsk, Russia:

August 13, 2007, 11:38

It’s an age old story. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, he asks her to marry him. Normally though, it takes less than 60 years.

But in the city of Krasnoyarsk there’s a Russian man and a German woman who’ve waited a lifetime for the chance to finally be together.

Ivan Byvshikh has loved Lisa Waldhelm since he was 21-years-old but it took six decades before he could finally put this ring on her finger. And it still excites him so much that he feels fifty years younger.

‘We’re just like a newly married couple. I’m twenty eight now and, oh no wait, I wish I was twenty eight. You’ll have to change those numbers around!’ admitted Ivan Byvshikh, WWII veteran.

They may still only be engaged but after nearly 60 years without each other Ivan and Liza are taking their honeymoon early.

They spend every moment together, whether it’s appreciating some of the more stylish ways to travel in Krasnoyarsk or remembering victims of the war that first brought them into each others lives.

They met shortly after Germany’s surrender in 1945 when Ivan was a soldier and translator in the Soviet army.

Go here for the rest of the story.


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