Horace Greasley este se pare singura persoana care a evadat de 200 de ori dintr-o tabara de prizonieri germana si de tot atatea ori s-a intors inapoi. Motivul era ca s-a indragostit lulea de o nemtoaica, Rosa Rauchbach
Afla povestea lui in cele ce urmeaza.
Horace Greasley repeatedly escaped and then ‘broke back in’ to meet sweetheart Rosa Rauchbach who was herself hiding her part-Jewish background from the Nazis.
After each high-stakes trip to meet his 17-year-old lover, Horace would sneak back to his World War Two camp, carrying supplies for his starving comrades.
But he never risked making a full run for it as the nearest safe country was Sweden – more than 420 miles away.
The film is being produced by Straton Leopold, who was executive producer on Mission Impossible III.
Horace – who later faced up to notorious Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler – was captured by the Germans in May 1940 and forced into five brutal years working in quarries and factories.
But he fell for Rosa, a quarry director’s interpreter daughter. Their daylight meetings would have had dire consequences had the young lovers been discovered – but both were heartbroken when Horace was transferred to a factory camp.
Rosa eventually tracked down her love and for two-and-a-half years Horace risked his life, evading guards to meet her in an old chapel before sneaking back without them noticing.
Horace was freed in May 1945. He returned to Ibstock, Leicestershire and helped Rosa become a translator for the American occupation forces, confirming her involvement with Allied prisoners.
But her letters suddenly stopped – and Horace later discovered Rosa had died in childbirth not long after he arrived back in Britain. He never knew if the child was his.
He met and later married Brenda; the couple moved to Spain’s Costa Brava but when Horace died two years ago, his widow returned to Leicestershire.
In 2008 his tale of determination and hope was captured by aujthor Ken Scott in a co-written book called Do The Birds Still Sing In Hell?
Horace recalled his meeting with Himmler – head of the SS who ran the Nazis’ death camps: “I only went over to show him my ribs and ask for some more food”.
Thirteen major film companies were bidding for the rights to make the movie.
Winners Silverline Productions promised not to over-dramatise the movie, with Ken explaining: “The tale was amazing enough already and they aren’t going to change it to be something it wasn’t, and I liked that.
“Finally people will see Horace’s amazing story. I really hope that in a few years, when it is done, Brenda will be walking down the red carpet at the premiere.”
Filming is due to start in north Poland next spring, with scenes being shot in Pinewood Studios in the UK and also Hollywood.