She Didn’t Believe Her Mother Was Dead. 71 Years Later Her Faith Pays Off…

She Didn’t Believe Her Mother Was Dead. 71 Years Later Her Faith Pays Off…

A family torn apart by the Second World War has been reunited after 71 years. Though she was told that her mother was dead, one woman claims to have always suspected the truth and it turns out that she was right.


A mother and daughter, separated by the Nazis, have finally been reunited after 71 years.

As the Guardian reports, a 91-year-old woman living in Novellara, Italy was able to meet the daughter who she thought had been lost forever during World War II.

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The woman was only twenty years-old, according to the Washington Post, when she became pregnant by a married German soldier. She was living in a labor camp and working in a factory in Heidelberg, Germany.

With her parental custody revoked, the mother was forced to give up her baby to German authorities.

The little girl, named Margot Bachmann, was raised in a children’s home and later adopted by the soldier’s family. After the war — having been told that her daughter had died — the mother returned to Italy.

Bachmann was also told that her mother was dead, but she refused to believe it.

Discouraged by her father from seeking more information about her mom, Bachmann finally decided to defy his wishes. With her mother’s full name from her birth certificate, 71-year-old Bachmann asked the International Tracing Service to help.

With the help of the Italian Red Cross, the International Tracing Service found Bachmann’s mother and arranged a meeting. Bachmann sent a letter ahead of time to introduce herself to the mother she never knew. She writes:

“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.”

The reunion took place in Novellara, with hugs and wine and family pictures.

Laura Bastianetto, a spokesperson for the Italian Red Cross, said it was, “a small miracle,” that they were able to reunite a parent and child who had been separated by the Nazi regime.

“It is rare for a mother and daughter to find each other after 71 years, it’s far more common for brothers and sisters to be reunited as there are so few World War Two survivors,” said Bastianetto.

Bachmann says that when she began her search, she was only hoping to find pictures or some information about who was her mother.

“When I began to look into the whereabouts of my mother to find out a little more, I never imagined that I would one day be able to hug her,” she told Il Quotidiano. “My father had forbidden me from looking for her, but after his death and thanks to the wonderful help of my own daughter, I have found her.”

Bachmann’s mother also had something important to tell her daughter as she looked at her for the first time in 71 years.

“I thought you were dead, otherwise I would have searched for you,” she said.

It is so sad that there had been so much time wasted. However, it is fantastic that before the ends of their lives, these two women can reconnect and get to know one another.

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