When love conquers time and distance …
In France, there was a touching meeting of former lovers — 97-year-old American KT Robbins, a veteran of the Second World War, and 92-year-old Frenchwoman Jeannine Pierson, writes The Mirror.
They met and fell in love with each other in 1944, when Robbins stayed in the village where the 18-year-old Jeannine lived (who had the name Ganaye by girlhood).
Young people have already planned a joint future. But then the American was urgently transferred to the Eastern Front, and they lost sight of each other.
“I told her maybe I’ll come back and take you, but it did not happen like that,” Robbins said.
Jeannine began to learn English in the hope that her lover would return for her, as promised. But fate decreed otherwise. Robbins returned to the United States.
“When he left in the truck I cried, of course, I was very sad. I wish, after the war, he hadn’t returned to America.”
There he later met his future wife Lillian, with whom he lived next 70 years. Jeannine also found a new love. She married in 1949 and gave birth to five children.
However, the American and the French have not forgotten each other all these years. Robbins still keeps an old photograph of Jeannine.
The former soldier returned to France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy. And he decided to find his French beloved, although he did not hope that she was still alive.
The press helped him find Jeannine at a local nursing home.
Just look at the video of this touching moment: