Margot Bachmann and her mother reunited after 70 years of separation from the Nazis when she finally defied her father’s wishes and sought to learn the identity of her birth mother.
During the war, the Italian mom, who is now 91, moved to Germany and fell in love with a married soldier. She became pregnant and in October 1944 gave birth to a baby girl, but the child, Margot, was taken away shortly after.
After the war, the Italian woman returned to her home in Novellara believing that her baby had probably died during the desperate days of the war. But little did she know, the infant had been adopted.
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Growing up, the young girl was told very little of her birth mother and was forbidden from searching for her. At the tender age of 70, she always wondered what became of her mother, and began a search that was encouraged by her own daughter.
With the help of the Italian Red Cross and the International Tracing Service—a Germany-based organization that works on reuniting families torn apart by the war—Margot’s soon learned that her mother was still alive and living in Novellara.
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Before their encounter, Margot sent her mother a letter. “Dear Mum, my name is Margot Bachmann, and I am your daughter, born on Oct 25, 1944, in Heidelberg. All my life I asked my family about you, without being given any answers. I want to come and find you so that I can hug you once again. I’m immensely happy to be able to finally know you.”
After more than seven decades, the two had the most emotional meeting. Margot’s mother told her upon meeting her, “I thought you were dead, otherwise I would have searched for you.” They have since been spending time catching up on life and all that they have missed with one another.
This is nothing short of a miracle.
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