Broken Bond The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

The East German state had a habit of taking children from politically undesirable parents and giving them up for adoption. It is a horrific aspect of the communist regime that has never received the attention it deserves. That may now be changing.
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An envelope full of photos of Uwe Mai as a child

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Uwe Mai in his apartment near Berlin

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Helga Gniess had two daughters taken from her by the East German authorities.

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Ramona Neumann was taken from her biological mother as a baby.

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The adoption papers certifying Inge Queiser's adoption of Ramona

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A baby photo of Frank, Petra Wehnert's son, who, according to East German officials, died at the age of six months

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The birth certificate of Petra Wehnert's son Frank

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Petra Wehnert still isn't convinced that her son is dead.

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