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BERLIN -- They were offspring of romance in the occupation era, born to German women who had flings with American GIs -- sometimes for love, sometimes for a moment's passion, and sometimes, in the hardest days immediately after World War II, for a few packs of cigarettes or a pair of nylon stockings.
Johnny went marching home, often leaving no forwarding address or even a full name. Perhaps unaware of the pregnancy.
His lover was left to face disapproving parents and neighbors. Or a German soldier-husband returning from the front.
The children were known as occupation babies. No one missed the meaning of the euphemism: Occupation bastards.
The unlucky ones were dumped into orphanages, taunted as ''little Amis," the not-quite-affectionate term for conquering Yanks. Others were handed off to relatives. But most were raised by a resigned and often deeply reticent mother in a society in which birth out of wedlock remained scandalous. Bearing the illicit child of an American soldier carried even darker shame.
''Times were different, difficult," said Ute Baur-Timmerbrink, 59, the progeny of a love affair whose secrets her mother took to the grave. ''There was an attitude that these girls were sleeping with the enemy and only got what they deserved."
The occupation children, as they grew older, were told not to ask questions.
''My earliest memory is of wondering, 'Who is my father?' " said Herbert Hack, 53, son of a young rural woman who fell hard for a good-looking GI. ''I would beg my mother for answers, and she'd just say, 'Ssssh,' Until finally, when I turned 15, she told me: 'There was an American soldier. His name was Charles. One night we went dancing . . .' "
That's usually all these children had: Stories so short that they were barely stories at all.
Now time is ticking out. The occupation babies are middle-aged men and women. Their fathers' generation is filling obituary pages from Boston to Bakersfield. And some of these GI offspring -- or their grandchildren -- are seeking fuller versions.
Most hope only to glean enough information to fill in the most glaring blank spaces.
''I want so much to finally put a face to this mystery figure who has loomed over my family without ever being there," said Simone Mandl, 35, granddaughter of a GI and a married German woman. ''He was an American soldier who had an affair with my grandmother while her husband was away at war. Their romance was tragic. Yet I believe she never stopped loving her American."
But some occupation offspring want more from their missing forebear -- formal recognition of paternity, information about genetic disease, even a new identity in their father's image.
Franz Anthoefer, a 55-year-old cargo pilot, is determined to win one hard inheritance from his father: US citizenship. His obsessive and so-far unsuccessful quest has spanned more than three decades. ''I grew up in an orphanage, where they called me 'little Ami,' " he said. ''So, OK, this is what I will become: an American for real -- an American like my father."
Best estimates are that 66,000 illegitimate children of GIs and German women were born in American-occupied zones from 1946 to 1956, according to historian Johannes Kleinschmidt, author of a book about US-German ''fraternization" issues.
US occupation officials usually could offer little help to distraught German women with swelling bellies trying to track down ''Bill from Indiana" or ''John Baker, he drove a jeep."
The tales of these women and their children are distinct from those of the ''war brides" -- the German women who married their GIs and sailed off to bright, respectable futures in middle-class America.
''They were affairs that had no real possibility of permanence. In some ways, these long-ago loves belong to the past, like the war itself," Baur-Timmerbrink said. ''But they also carry down to the present."
Simone MandlSimone Mandl's mother, Erika Frey, was born in 1946 in the small city of Heidenheim, in southern Germany. Erika's mother -- and Simone's grandmother -- was Elfriede Frey, who knew little of Erika's father beyond his name, Arthur Anderson.
''So many years later -- my mother is dead, my grandmother is dead," said Mandl, an architectural drafter who lives with her husband and their 3-year-old boy on the Baltic island of Ruegen. ''Yet Arthur Anderson lives, at least in my mind. This man who made love with my grandmother. This man who was my mother's father. This man whose blood is in my blood and whose face may show in my son's face."
Anderson's Army unit rolled into Heidenheim in 1945, taking up quarters in the Schiller high school, a few blocks from where Elfriede, married to a German infantryman, lived with her eldest daughter. The war was over, but Elfriede's husband had yet to return from the front. She had not heard from him in a year.
Elfriede may have believed herself a widow; there were so many new widows in that year of grief.
''Or perhaps the loneliness of her life simply became too much," Mandl said. ''She never made excuses. My grandmother said: 'I met this GI. He was quartered near our house on Paul Strasse. We became involved. Then he went away.' "
After her American left, Elfriede's other soldier came home from the war to find his wife pregnant. In a fury, he took their 6-year-old daughter away. Neither husband nor eldest daughter ever spoke to Elfriede again.
Mandl's mother, the occupation baby, was teased and ostracized through her childhood. Elfriede tried to locate Anderson, but had no address, did not know his unit, so finally gave up.
Mandl adored her mother -- who succumbed to breast cancer in 1995 -- and loved her granny, who died in 1990. Her rustic home is filled with happy family snapshots. Missing is Arthur Anderson: There is no photograph, no tangible evidence that he even existed. Just the stories. And, as Mandl said, the blood in her veins.
Last year she and her sister, Claudia, started searching for him using the Internet, contacting international trace groups, armed with just a name and her grandmother's recollections. ''Arthur Anderson will be an old man, of course, and perhaps will not want to hear from this total stranger who is his granddaughter," Mandl said. ''If he says, 'Go away,' I will give him his peace.
''But maybe he would want to know he had a daughter in Germany," she said. ''Maybe he would want to know that he has grandchildren who still speak his name. In my heart, I hope he is the sort of man who would care."
Herbert HackHerbert Hack is haunted by the name he never possessed.
At the outset of every school year, each student was required to rise in class and give the name of his mother and father.
''How I dreaded the start of school," he said. ''How I dreaded saying, 'I have no father.' And hearing the laughter."
There was a father, of course. A good-looker named Charles whose framed photograph stands on Hack's desk. He served with the Army's 16th Infantry Regiment, and was based in the Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany, in 1952.
''So many details," said Hack, owner of a small cab company in Berlin. ''Only missing are the ones that most matter."
Like last name, or hometown. Even Charles's rank is unknown -- the dress uniform he wore on the night he met Hack's mother shows no discernible insignia.
Charles and Johanna Hack met at the traditional February festival in her village of Gochsheim. It was whirlwind love. She was so pretty. He made her laugh. They went dancing one night. They visited her parents on another. There was one more night together, but Hanna -- as Charles would have known her -- is shy on the details. At age 75, she still considers him her one great love.
''They planned a fourth date. But Charles never showed," Hack said. ''The Army told my mother he'd been shipped to Korea."
Hack's search for his father, begun only recently, has become his life's main project. ''My two daughters are grown. I myself am turning old," he said. ''I feel a need to know my father. I want my father to know he has a son."
But he admitted ambivalence. ''I am also frightened," he said. ''What would I say to this man? I don't even speak English. Perhaps I could just give him a hug."
Most of her life, Baur-Timmerbrink said, was lived amid lies. The decent German man who raised her as his daughter was not her father. Only after his death -- and the death of her mother -- did she stumble upon records that showed she was conceived and born while he was a prisoner of war in Yugoslavia. She started tracking the truth with the tenacity of a bloodhound.
''Growing up, I had a strange sense of family secrets," said Baur-Timmerbrink, a lab technician married to a Berlin lawyer and the mother of two grown sons.
The bare facts are these: Baur-Timmerbrink's parents, Werner and Friedel Kruppe, married in 1936. He was a Wehrmacht sergeant and soon off to war. In 1944, with the Soviet Army closing fast on Hitler's regime, Friedel fled from Germany to Attnang-Puchheim, Austria.
May 1945: Germany surrendered. Friedel stayed put. She and a female friend shared an apartment that seemed fancier than a pair of jobless young women could afford. Late-night parties blared. The staff car of a US officer was often parked outside come morning.
Werner returned from POW camp in 1947 and reunited with his wife. Baur-Timmerbrink was already born. If there was a blow-up, she never heard of it. The family returned to Germany.
Friedel died in 1974. Werner in 1981. In the following years, Baur-Timmerbrink stumbled upon things that made little sense. Snapshots of herself as an infant that bore English-language markings. She traveled to Austria to seek information about her mother's life in Attnang-Puchheim. A family acquaintance there gave her a tattered photo of a young US lieutenant -- check it out, he said.
But she wavered. Until, seven years ago, on her 52d birthday, she contacted her mother's former roommate from that long-ago time in Austria.
''She was reluctant: Why must you dig things up?" Baur-Timmerbrink recalled. ''Then she told me: 'Your father was an American officer.' I cried and cried what felt like all the tears in the world. Because now I knew I wasn't who I thought I was."
The roommate supplied an address in Lexington, N.C. Baur-Timmerbrink wrote to the former officer, a prominent lawyer and stalwart of the Baptist Church. His written response was cryptic, lawyerly, referring to 'rights of privacy.' " He died in 2002, leaving two adopted children in the United States.
''I still have questions for which there may never be answers," Baur-Timmerbrink said. ''A child should know the touch of her father's hand."
The romance occurred in 1950 when Babette met an ex-GI named Louis G. Craig. He worked for a US agency assisting the tens of thousands of people still displaced in West Germany. He had an apartment near her family's home. It was a short affair; Babette was heartbroken when he returned to the United States. Upon realizing she was pregnant, she wrote him care of the agency.
Anthoefer keeps the letter containing Craig's cold rebuff to his former lover: ''I cannot place you in my recollections."
There must have been a misunderstanding, Anthoefer believes. His father could not have been like that. ''Every day I can remember, I've wanted to be my father's son," said the cargo pilot, who lives with his 85-year-old mother in Bonn. She never married.
In 1971, he followed a paper trail from New York to Washington, D.C., to Weston, W. Va., where Craig had served for years as a notoriously cranky mayor and state legislator. ''This was the dream of my life, finding my father," Anthoefer said.
It turned into the disappointment of his life: Craig had died just weeks earlier, at age 63. Anthoefer later won an exhumation order, undertaken in 1996, that removed a 3-inch section of femur that was shipped off to Brigham Young University for DNA testing. The result: a 99 percent probability that Anthoefer is Craig's son, according to documents provided by the German.
The US government has refused Anthoefer's demands for American citizenship, which he regards as his birthright as the son of an American serviceman. But Anthoefer is still fighting, having clearly inherited his father's stubborn disposition.
In 1997, on a return visit to Weston, he ran for mayor under the name Louis Craig Jr. His visa had expired, however, and he was arrested by US immigration officials before the vote. In federal custody, he staged a hunger strike. He was finally deported, in handcuffs, back to Germany.
''I regard America as literally my fatherland -- the country of my father," he said. ''I simply want to come home."
Petra Krischok of the Globe's Berlin bureau contributed to this report.
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im looking for my half brother in germany.born in 1959 or 1960 and maybe 58..his name is gilbert and his moms name is ingrade.possibly born in munich where my dad was a us paratrooper and was stationed there.hes at least 52 to 54 yrs old..if you find him tell him i love him..please help...thank you
I'm just curious, was your father name Nathel, or something similar? My brother was born in Germany in 1960. His father was a U.S. Army service man.( I believe .. My mom doesn't remember as well ) and at that time I know whe English wasn't good . I know last name was Costa . But a lot of difference from what you wrote to what in know .. Like my moms name and my brothers name . Which was Frank .. Just thought I would check , cause you never know .
half brother in Germany
I have found two Gilberts in Munich, one born in 1958 and one in 1960. There is a little chance, but maybe one of them was born out of wedlock and his mother was an Ingrid (pronounced like ingrade).
Shall I try to contact them?
Gaby, spcialized on adoptions for German born US adoptees
Looking for a friend
My friend was born in Wurzburg? 11/13/1963 and was adopted out of Munich in 1966 By the Williamsons who then moved to Ozark, Al. She believes her biological fathers name was Aaron Thomas and that he may be from the Kentucky area. Any idea where I could start digging for info?
Looking for my half-sister in Germany whom my father left behind
You need the assistance of a genealogist, preferable one who is familiar with German records and understands some German in order to read records. You should not have to pay a researcher as there are many genealogy "angels" out there who are willing to help. There are records online that may help you. There is free access at familysearch.org and paid access at ancestry.com. Your greatest need is to nail down a location. If you know our father's unit, you may be able to locate a website for the unit and find out where he was stationed. There are other websites for people looking for relatives. You could use ancestry dna. They have ver affordable specials occasionally. If the sibling moved to the US and joined ancestry, you might get a dna match. Don't give up. 23andme.com, a dna testing website has many success stories. Check out the web site for international genetic genealogy society. Access and membership is free. Google, google, google. Feel free to contact me.
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Hi, my father may; may not have fathered a child in the Salzburg area. If so, the individual would have been conceived sometime between mid-May, 1945 and late October, 1945. My dad returned to the U.S. in November, 1945, so it is possible he didn't know of the woman's pregnancy. The child would have been born most likely in May or June, 1946. His name was Thomas, went by Tom, was a member of a 7th Army artillery unit and was from Oklahoma. His non-combat experiences included liberation of Dachau and visiting Hitler's "Crow's Nest" where he got there soon enough to get some of the furnishings of the place.
Dad died in 1980 but told me near the end of his life that he had a companion in Salzburg who was Estonian not Austrian, but did not tell me of a child. I asked him if he had had an affair then and he said yes. But only later after his death did I find out that he may have fathered a child. Apparently, he said something to my aunt who kept it a secret except to a daughter, my cousin, who later revealed it to me.
I do remember things getting crazy with my mom in about 1948 and I now wonder if he during that year somehow learned something about his experiences in Europe that plagued him for the rest of his days.
If any of this resonates with any reader please respond. I would love to get to know any half-sibling I may have. It would be a joy. If you are that person, please know that my father was a good man who unfortunately turned to drink and that became his downfall. The reasons for that downfall are directly attributable to drink, but indirectly I know to his experiences in the War.
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Hello my name is Karrie Mayberry Mullaly my dad Eulas D Mayberry he passed in 1990 on his death I was told he fathered a baby girl in Germany. My mother passed 08/11/2014 going through some old papers and things I found an envelope sent from my aunt ( my dads only living sibling ) it contained letters to my grandmother and a photo of a baby girl that definitely looks like my dads child as she resembles me and my brothers my nefews my Neice and my daughter. The photo on the front corner says your daughter Marlene on the back it has her birthdate 03/10/1964 below is a small description of what I got from reading the letters. Seems my grandparents my dad and my mom knew of her. I would love to find her I would love to share my children and grandchildren with her as they are her family to. I would like to know her her children if she has any. Anyone with any information on this please contact me. My dad writes of spending 3 Christmases there and of a German woman he wants to marry that's dowels fluent English but has only 44 days left and wants to bring her to the state to marry as they didn't have enough time before he left. My oldest brother was born in 65 so they are close in age. My grandparents and dad were from Missouri USA. My email is email@example.com I live in mt. Morris MI born and raised in Flint mi. No mention of her mother's name.
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just stumbled across your post by accident. Two ways to start with your search.
1. contact the german authority Jugendamt at the city where the child was born. You are probable not aware of this, but the Jugendamt automatically stepped in when a child was born out of wedlock to a german mother, under age 21 and a GI father. Sometimes without the knowledge of the mother an investigation was carried out in cooperation with the HQ of his unit. The files are kept for at least 30 years by the Jugendamt amd later on are moved to the Stadt- or Staatsarchiv.
2. you need to find out where exactly he was stationed at the time of conception and birth of the child. For this reason please contact the NPRC in St. Louis. Just google. If you are a german citized you could try to contact Dr. Niels Yussblatt at the NPRC. He is the specialist working the cases germany/USA.
Hope these hints will help you with your search. Feel free to mail me if you wish further help on this.
My cousins recently found
My cousins recently found out that their father had a daughter while he was stationed in Germany 1952. They are desparately trying to find her identity - both of their parents have since past away and the fact that he had a daughter was accidently leaked to them. Where can they start looking for this information?
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my name is Gaby. I may be able to help your cousins if they have further info for me, for instance where their father was stationed and any name.
The girlfriends name was Lisa Letta not sure of the spelling. Hope this helps.
How to find your half-sister in Germany
View the US Embassy and Consulates website for specific instructions on how to locate a friend or relative in Germany.
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Hi, I am looking for my sister. My father said he was dating her mother and she gave birth to a baby girl they named Onya note sure if she has his last name but it is Nichols she was born November 27 1972. Her mother dies shortly after her birth she was 19 at the time. He said he had to set up a trust for her. His name was James Nichols. Thanks.
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I may be help you find your sister as I have heped about 40 German born adoptees to find their birth families. Do you know where your sister was born?
I'd be happy to help you.
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I thought i ask you if you could help me as well to find my father and 2 sibling.
I was born 1975 in germany and i have is a last name.
Or maybe you can tell me how to go by?
Thank you in advance
Trying to find my grandfather
I am trying to find my grandfather.
Unfortunately, I have absolutely no information about him, and, of course, there is a possibility that he was not a soldier in the US army, but rather part of some other armed forces in Berlin in 1948/49.
My grandmother (deceased) was called Hildegard (Hilde), and born in 1917, meaning that she was around 30 when my mother was conceived.
My mother (deceased) was born in June 1949. She passed away over 30 years ago, at the young age of 34, which means that we never had a chance to speak about my grandfather.
My grandmother never wished to discuss this topic either.
Nothing in my mom's birth certificate either.
I know this is a shot in the dark, but maybe somebody knows something.
Looking for my brother
Looking for my brother. My father was stationed in Munich. I believe his name is Peter and should have been born around 1946-1947. My fathwe's name is Billie Treece McEntire from Marshall, Arkansas. Our family Ina anxious to meet you.
My Uncle had a child in Germany around this time. He was in the Army. My cousin was inquiring of this today but I don't know your Mother's name. My cousin and I live in the USA. My Mother told me a name before she passed away and it was either the Mother's name or the child's. We can't seem to remember this name but along the lines of Lucia or something.
my husband and his mother
My husband is a war baby. He wants to find his father. His mother will not help, only a name she kind of remembers. There are even friends that are here in America that were friends of his father and his mother when they were in Germany. They still tell him to ask his mother. His mother was lucky my husband was given to his grandparents to raise. How does he find his father. This whole thing has put a wall up in their relationship. My mother in law was Brigette B. Geinzer at the time. She married a man [American] last name Potteiger then came to America along with my husband. I think it was in 1964 or 1965. My husband was born in 1962.
Looking for Son or possibly daughter of American GI WWII Germany
Hello, I am looking for our brother (or possibly sister) who was born to a german woman and an American soldier named JOHN "JACK" ESLEY BRIGHT who lived in SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA USA. He was stationed somewhere in Germany anywhere from 1943 to 1947. There was a letter mailed by your mother many years ago telling of a child. Our grandmother hid the letter from our father and we believe he died never knowing he had a child with this german woman. The letter has long ago been destroyed and I am depending on my memory of this letter. My older sisters and I found it when I was a very young child. My sisters were in terrible trouble with grandmother for snooping. They were told to "forget what you saw". Our father loved your mother very much. He always carried a lock of her hair in the back of his watch. The letter we saw was never, ever spoken of again. We sincerely hope to find you and maybe even your dear mother. With love, your sister Janet firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for Half Brother
Looking for my half brother or maybe two brother. My father was Frank Freeman Jr (Black). He was in the Army, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed at Landshut Germany in from 1959 -1961. I don't know the name of the women or my brother but he should be around 56 years old. I do have a photo of the women he fathered the child with. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi .. it is a long shot but please email me privately. My husband is 56 years old and does not know his biological fathers name. was born in Germany. Also has 1 photo of person he believes may be his father.
Trying to Find my Siblings Elaine born 1953 and Jerry born 1954
My Father Philip Wegner was stationed in Germany in the early 1950's. He father 2 children. Elaine 1953 and Jerry 1954. We think my dad was stationed Possibly at Furstenfeldbruck Air Force base in 1952 and Bitburg/Spangdahlen AFB in 1953. We believe he was in the 10th Tactical Reconn Wing. The mother of the girl and boy was reportedly French (but the mother’s mother’s family was German). I know that my dad tried to bring them to the States at the time, but AF policy apparently prohibited it(this is per my uncle). I do not know if the births occurred in France or in Germany. I do not know if the mother was a civilian or perhaps part of the French occupation force.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Betty Judd
Trying to Find my Siblings Elaine born 1953 and Jerry born 1954
Brother's birth name may have been Gerold, Gerhold (German) Gérald, Géraldine, Géraud, Jérémie, Jérôme (French)
Sister's birth name may have been GERMAN: Elena, Helena, Helene FRENCH: Hélène The birth record should show the father's name.
The best way to approach the situation is to find a genealogist to assist. They have the research skills you need. Lots of "Genealogy Angels" hang out on the internet. You should not have to pay one. You need someone who preferable knows German language and German documents.
First step is to nail down the location. Civil and Church records exist for marriage and births. Military records may help. They are held by the National Archives. See website. The request for entry of spouse and children may have been made to Air Force or Immigration. If you can identify the service group, a group history of where they were stationed and what they did may be located online.
Ancestry DNA may help if they ever open up to testing in Germany. There are free research tools at familysearch.org and for a fee with ancestry.com. There are other websites where you may post free queries. Any additional clues could be very helpful. Feel free to ask questions.
reply to Diana Hires
New Information found after getting my dad's military record: My dad Philip Wegner was stationed at Toul-Rosiere Air Force Base, France 28 Jan 1952 to 15 April 1953 (at first with the 117th Maint. Sq., then with the 10th Maint Sq of the 10th Tact. Reconn. Wing) and then relocated to Spangdahlem AFB -16 April, 1953 to Oct 1953 (when the 10th Tact. Reconn. Wing moved there). My dad had 2 children while stationed in France/Germany. I am looking for them. The only information I have is Elaine born 1953 in France and Jerry born 1954. . Extra info-My dad took a 6 day leave from 2 Feb 1953 to 8 Feb 1953, (the only leave he took in the period). The significants of this leave-I think it could of been when my half sister was born.
Diana-Where can I find a genealogist to assist me? I have since had my DNA done by Ancestry and I have uploaded it to Gedmatch. Gedmatch only has my uncle (my dads brother) and a close cousin on my mom's side, all the others are 3rd cousins and further out. I am very new at this, and have no clue of where to turn next. I have a hard time reading the gedmatch and to actually know what I'm looking at. Any help I can get from you or anyone, would be much appreciated.
Thanks Betty Judd