Italian (91) reunited with her child after 70 years
After more than 70 years of separation, an Italian woman and the daughter she had with a German soldier during WWII have finally been reunited.
The Italian woman, who is now 91, moved to Germany voluntarily during the war to work in a factory in Heidelberg and fell in love with a soldier.
She became pregnant and in October 1944 gave birth to a baby girl, but the child was soon taken away from her by the soldier's family.
After the war she returned to her home village of Novellara in the northern region of Emilia Romagna, believing that the baby had probably died of illness or had been killed during the last days of the war.
However, unknown to her, the infant had been adopted by the soldier's parents, who raised her as Margot Bachmann.
As she grew up, the little girl was told that her birth mother was Italian, but she was forbidden from searching for her.
Last year, when her father died, Ms Bachmann, now aged 70, decided to redouble her efforts to track her down.
She managed to find her mother with the help of the Italian Red Cross and the International Tracing Service, a centre which works on reuniting families torn apart by the war.
After more than seven decades, the two had an emotional encounter at the weekend.
"I started out hoping to know a bit more about my mother, but I never imagined that I would be able to embrace her again. I'm so happy to have found her still alive," said Ms Bachmann.
"My father had forbidden me from looking, and I began to do so only after his death."
Before their encounter, Ms Bachmann sent her mother a letter, saying: "My name is Margot Bachmann and I am your daughter. I want to come and find you so that I can hug you once again." © Daily Telegraph London)