We’ve just observed Christmas and if you’re like me, you’ve watched a lot of Christmas movies during the month of December.
The movie, Silent Night, is based on a true story that happened in a cabin in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve during World War II. I really enjoyed the movie, and was surprised to hear about all the factual information actually used in the movie. Hollywood, of course, had to increase the drama and conflict, but overall it reflected the essence of what happened.
Then my son informed me about the real-life little boy in the movie, Fritz Vincken, and how he came to America as an adult to locate the American soldiers and did find one of them who had been a part of his special Christmas Eve in 1944. He stayed in America and eventually settled—guess where??? Yes—Hawaii!
So, how cool is that??
Fritz became a baker and lived in Honolulu until shortly before he died on December 8, 2002 in Oregon. Another connection for me! I grew up in Oregon, and only recently moved across the Columbia River into SW Washington.
In a few weeks I will highlight another interesting movie that features Hawaiian teens and is also based on a true story. Do you know any amazing movies based in Hawaii or about Hawaiians? I especially love a great story that is also TRUE!!!
Mahalo for visiting!