Coming back from a conference at #BASEES (http://www.baseesconference.org.uk/programme.pdf). Part of one of the talks was based on this story.
|Eugenia and Gheorghe Hasu. Photo from Ioana Hasu’s collection, used with permission.|
Let me tell you a story. After fighting as a soldier for his own country, a young man returns home. There is nothing special about him; he did what was required of him, like many others who lived through or died in WWII. He was wounded and decorated–again, like many others. When he comes back home, he wants to establish a family, so he goes from village to village thinking that he may fall in love. And he does. One of his friends recounts, “he chose as wife a 16 years old girl, small, who just entered the traditional winter meetings. She was happy, so happy that she forgot to cry when the wedding chariot took her to his place.”
It is a love story: the two young people build together a life, they have a first child, and…
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