Shalom Life | December 17, 2015

Mother Reunites with Daughter after Being Separated by the Nazis for 71 Years

Margot Bachmann was led to believe her mother was dead

By: Daina Goldfinger

Published: August 14th, 2015 in News » World

Mother Reunites with Daughter after Being Separated by the Nazis for 71 Years

Photo: 91-year-old mother of Margot Bachmann holds photos of her daughter with family

Credit: Washington Post


Decades later, the impact of the Holocaust continues to tragically effect many families, leaving countless Jews without their parents, children, siblings and cousins. Of course, there has been services established to help Holocaust victims locate their families, but sometimes this is not always possible.

Last weekend, after 71 years of being separated, German citizen, Margot Bachmann, reconnected with her 91-year-old Italian mother who does not wish to be named.

Bachmann originally sent a letter to her mother, which was verified by The Washington Post stating, “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.”

Bachmann's mother was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and was forced to live in a labor camp during the Second World War. During her time at the labor camp, she was impregnated by a German soldier when she was 20, and was pressured to hand over the baby to the Nazis after her parental custody was denied.

Margot Bachmann was raised in a children’s home until the end of World War II, and then was adopted by the German soldier’s family. The end of the Second World War drew an even wider gap between Bachmann and her mother, as her mother returned to Italy, not knowing that her daughter was still alive.

According to Bachmann, her German father prohibited her from searching for her biological mother, wanting her to believe that her mother was dead. Bachmann stated, however, that she always had doubts that her mother had truly passed, and was constantly searching for answers.

Last year, after her father had passed, Bachmann took it upon herself to find her mother, asking the International Tracing Service to search for information about her. The service uses a database comprised of approximately 30 million documents.

It was then when Bachmann was able to locate her mother, and reunited with her last weekend.

Friederike Scharlau, a representative of the International Tracing Service commented last week in a news release, “What we observed last weekend, comes close to a miracle… Nowadays, it is extraordinarily rare that parents and children reconnect who were separated by the Nazi regime. Many Nazi-survivors have died by now.”

The reunion was extremely touching, and was comprised of a bottle of sparkling wine, the joyous happiness of reunification, and various exchanges of gifts and family photos.

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