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War love story could be turned into Spielberg film

The story of a 90-year-old British former Prisoner of War who fell in love with a German interpreter could be made in to a Hollywood blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg, according to reports.

The story of a 90-year-old British former Prisoner of War who fell in love with a German interpreter could be made in to a Hollywood blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg, according to reports.
Steven Spielberg has reportedly been approached to make a movie out of Horace Greasley's war story Photo: REUTERS

Horace Greasley was held captive for two-and-a-half years in a Nazi PoW camp in Lamsdorf, Poland, during which time he began a secret affair with a girl from a nearby village called Rosa.

He would regularly sneak out at night for trysts with his lover and she would help him find food and equipment he could then smuggle back in to the camp.

They were separated at the end of the Second World War, just after she fell pregnant with his child.

But they got back in touch when the Government asked Mr Greasley to verify her story so she could work for the Americans as a translator.

Sadly, Rosa died in child birth and they were never reunited.

Until recently the story had gone untold but it has now been turned in to a book entitled "Do the Birds Sing in Hell?" by author Ken Scott.

His publishers have in turn passed it on to a leading Hollywood talent agency, who are reportedly putting it before Spielberg in the hope it can be adapted.

Mr Greasley said: "It is up to the powers that be in the film world who have become interested.

"I never dreamed of it being turned in to a film. But I do feel that Rosa is worthy of something."

Mr Scott heard about the story through a friend before interviewing Mr Greasley.

He said: "I would be lying if I said I was surprised that it could be turned in to a film.

"There's a love affair, there's the great British stiff upper lip and there is brutality. The story has absolutely everything."

Mr Greasley, from Ibstock, Leicestershire, now lives near Alicante in Spain. He joined the war effort in July 1939 as a 20-year-old conscript.

The private, from 2nd/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, was later captured by the Germans in Carvin, France, and transported to the camp, one of many renowned for its brutal regime.

Spielberg, 62, won an Oscar for best director with the D-Day film Saving Private Ryan.

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