Horace found that being captured by the German's was not a fun experience. He first faced a ten week forced march across France and Belgium -- one of those horrific scenes you have seen in the movies where there was no food and if you fell to the side of the road your ended up getting shot. He and the other prisoners survived by eating what little food was given to them by sympathetic villagers and drank water from ditches. At the end of the march, Horace and the other prisoners were loaded on a train for a three day trip to Polish prison camp.
This where Mr. Greasley's story begins. I guess you could say it is a story of consummate lust, at least it started out that way. Perhaps it is a story of an evolving, intense love affair. Perhaps it could have been an episode of Hogan's Heroes, or perhaps it may become a movie. It has been reported both Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard are interested in the story.
You see, this prison camp was at a marble quarry where the prisoners had to work. The quarry director had a seventeen year old daughter named Rosa Rauchbach who did interpreting for the Germans. She caught Horace's eye, and he caught Rosa's eye, and their eyes were filled with lust for each other. So, right under the noses of the Nazis, they would find secluded places in the camp -- many times in the camp workshop -- to engage in raucous sex.
Now Horace admits that his interludes with Rosa were not affairs of the heart -- they were simply screwing. But, I suppose they actually talked in between trysts, and as a result they began to fall in love with each other.
|Purported to be Horace when Himmler visited the camp|
Now may sound a bit improbable. But note that the Prison Camp was far removed from the war, and to escape was pretty useless because there was simply no place to go. In fact, to escape was essentially considered suicide. So guarding of the camp was pretty lax.
Now all of this sneaking in and out resulted in Horace and Rosa engaging in their unmarital activities three times a week which means they were probably having more sex that most couples back at Ibstock, Leicestershire which is where he was from.
This crazy life continued until it was interrupted by the war ending. He was shipped back to Britain, but they were able to exchange letters -- and he even vouched for her so that she could become an interpreter for the Americans. But suddenly he received news that she, and her infant, died in childbirth. It is assumed the child was his.
Horace's story was later confirmed by Intelligence Officers of MI9 debriefing of prisoners of war. Horace Greasley holds the record for the most escapes from a Prisoner of War camp.
At 89 years of age, Horace met with ghost writer Ken Scott and they published his story. Mr. Greasley passed away at the age of 92, in February of 2010, shortly after the book was published. If you are interested in reading more, this is the Amazon link to his book. Also here is a line to the website maintained in his name.