With seemingly endless interest on SDMB, in a great variety of aspects of World War II – often seeming to feature in GQ, though the issue I’m raising here strikes me as highly “general” in a fundamentally non-specific sense; mods, please do as you see fit… I sometimes wonder as follows – including wondering whether anyone else does similarly.
There was a considerable incidence in German-occupied Europe, of occupying German soldier [sailor, airman] / local girl relationships / liaisons, of various shades; on the whole, not well-regarded by the occupied populace in general – this of course all being stuff which has been happening throughout human history. In wars overall (not re 1939 - 45 alone) by no means all members of the armed forces of, even, an evil power, will be individually evil. In “occupation” situations – as well as variations on the theme of people making capital of what they can get from each other – there will come about, couples falling in love with each other and wishing to stay together in the future; not, I gather, a particularly rare thing in WWII “occupation” conditions.
From accounts of the German occupation 1940 - 45, of the British Channel Islands (the only instance in that war, of German occupation of British territory): I gather that in a very few cases there, German armed forces guy / local girl romances had happy endings; in that after the end of the war, the two of them got married. Rather unusual circumstances, in that the Channel islands episode was (though nasty enough) probably the least nasty such, of German occupation of European territory; and even so, usually the bride’s compatriots were not happy with the outcome: in most instances, the couple emigrated – in the “faraway continents” sense.
Elsewhere in occupied Europe, I understand that the great disfavour received by women who “consorted with the enemy”, meant that any such relationship – on whatever basis – would ultimately have bad consequences. Am wondering whether anyone here knows of any instances at all on record, from occupied Continental countries, of happy endings against all the odds; i.e. the pair ultimately marrying (I have never heard of any such). Am thinking, by the way, definitely of “conquering-forces member when still conquering / local girl”: pairing-up and marrying between local girl and German or Italian POW was, in Britain anyway, far from unusual.