Adoption odyssey leads to royal discovery

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM.

Kief registered through an adoption site online and not long after, she was contacted by a woman who told her that she was present when she was born, took her birth mother to the hospital, and arranged her adoption.

"She knew both sets of parents and she was there when I was handed to my mother," said Kief. "However, she did not know who my father was."

Kief was told that her birth mother was a baroness named Marion Von Stenglin.

This woman saw Kief's birth mother walking with a much older man about the time Kief was conceived. She also knew that Kief's grandmother ran a boarding house and rented out rooms. She kept a guestbook that one man signed quite frequently during that time.

Through research, Kief discovered this man attested to being her biological father just weeks after her birth. His name was Henning von Royk-Lewinski, a baron and former German submarine commander under Marshal Rommel in Tunisia.

  Tracing the bloodline

Kief has found that her biological parents were unmarried at the time of her birth. At the time Kief was conceived, her father was between his first and second wives. He was 27 years older than her mother, and Kief suspects that is the reason they did not marry.

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