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Love between German woman and Polish man survives Iron Curtain

by Pat Coate | October 10, 2009
"Even though they said no, Elvira told me, 'It doesn't matter because I will never stop loving you.' "
- Fortunat Mackiewicz, Elvira's husband

For five decades, she kept his picture in her wallet -- a black-and-white snapshot of a handsome young Polish man with brooding eyes.

Now, in this 70th year since Second World War broke out, and 20th year since the Cold War ended, they are married in a love affair that has triumphed against all odds.

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