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Lives Put on Hold:¬† A Michigan Family Separated by World War II   

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On September 27, 1941, Edward Hafeli married Maxine Lukasiewicz (Lukas) in a Catholic church on Detroit’s east side. Two months later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and the young couple faced an uncertain future while Edward waited for his call to duty and eventual service overseas. Ultimately separated by nearly 13,000 miles, their love remained steadfast, as illustrated by the hundreds of letters they exchanged. Their son, Kenneth Hafeli, will present this love story through the use of Maxine’s diary, surviving family correspondence, Edward’s military records, oral histories, and photographs compiled between 1941 and Edward’s return in November of 1945.


Kenneth Hafeli holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton and a master's degree in history from Wayne State University. Ken recently retired after a 39-year career as a photo archivist with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.