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Staying in Love

  • Hester Vaizey
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Abstract

‘For me it is a necessity to share with you what I think and feel, because I know you completely understand me, which is not something which I can take for granted in my environment here’, wrote First Lieutenant Heinz R. to his wife Ursula from Russia two years after his call-up in September 1939. Vouching for the fact that their connection to each other was just as strong in spite of the long separation, he continued ‘You yourself will have noticed, that when I have experienced something in particular or something has depressed me, I always send you a really long letter. It is the same for me as it is for you — I have to come to you with anything that deeply affects me.’1 Yet not all partnerships were as resilient. The circumstances presented by war often made it difficult for couples to stay in love: husbands and wives were ripped apart by the call-up of men, had dramatically different experiences of the war, and often possessed limited means to communicate these to one another.2 Overall then, how well did marital relationships fare in light of these challenging conditions?

Keywords

Social History Marital Relationship Gender Study Challenging Condition Modern History 
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  • Hester Vaizey
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  1. 1.Alfred Toepfer StiftungHamburgGermany

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