Adoption odyssey leads to royal discovery

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

"This lady was a life-long friend of my birth mother and when the lady noticed my mother was gaining weight, my mother told her she had been eating too many chocolates," said Kief. “She told me a lot about my mother. She never married and was very kind, but lived a long, lonely life. She died of a heart attack at age 56."

Her father went on to marry a second and third time, but as far as she can ascertain, neither of her biological parents had any other surviving children.

Kief met her mother's friend and she was given pictures of her birth mother and she was encouraged to obtain her German birth certificate.

A friend helped Kief find records leading to her mother and for three days she thought her mother was still alive. It was after contacting her mother's relatives that she was told she was dead.

"I was crushed emotionally to find out she was dead. I had written a letter to her when I thought she was alive, thanking her for choosing a good family to give me to and for not aborting me. It was an emotional rollercoaster," she said.

Kief Googled her father and found out a lot, such as he was behind a wooden church crusade, an international effort to replace bombed out churches of all denominations. The idea was to create a “spiritual wall” of wooden churches to combat the Iron Curtain and the Communist ideals.

In the process, Kief also acquired pictures of her father and mother.

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