Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Style is Forever: WW2 and a stylish POW


You are probably wondering what the title has to do with men's style. Well, while I was out jogging about two weeks ago, going up this steep ascent, with my lower back doing all sorts of achy things to me, feeling like Ben Stiller's character in There's Something About Mary where he had a wardrobe strapped to his back, I happened upon a very interesting piece of paper. It looked like something out of a Watchtower magazine written in isiZulu. What grabbed my attention though were the accompanying pictures. Two sets of couples very well dressed. Upon reading the article, it was a first hand account of a man who was a prisoner of war in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. How he had escaped from prison and how his coming 'back to life' was nothing short of a miracle, especially in his immediate family's eyes.

Since it was only one page I had, there is no mention of the name of the story teller, except for his fiance's name, which was Tina. The setting of the story is France. One picture was taken around the time that World War 2 ended, the other, taken years later, in the 80s I presume. Both pictures were taken during different seasons. One is definitely winter and the other, judging from the dress code, is spring or summer.

The article goes on to relate how he met Tina in the French town of Metz on a preaching assignment. How she got baptised in 1946, subsequently married in 1947, and Tina entering full time ministry in 1967. Tina died in 2003 at the age of 98. At the time of publishing, in 1989, the narrator was in his 90s.

I appreciate their style, presentation and, as the story relates, their spirit of resilience, determination and commitment to their true calling and passion: preaching the Good news.


                                      PG: Man to man, generation to generation

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