Adoption odyssey leads to royal discovery

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

"The resemblance is uncanny when I look at pictures of my mother. There is a lot of resemblance," she said. "And, I see my father and German features in my son."

  Living touchstones to the past

Kief has contacted cousins living in Germany and traveled there to meet them, and they have come here. They do not question her heritage, and have even had a ring made for her that bears her mother's family coat of arms. A chalk painting hangs in her office of her mother when she was age 9. Kief and her cousin also have matching wine glasses that were in the family.  

"My aunt doesn't speak much English, so I am trying to relearn my German," she said. "A lot of them are doctors and I am involved with sales of natural health products. We're on similar tracks."

Kief says that her sense of family has simply been expanded by connecting with her noble German bloodline.

"I have had a great life," said Kief, "but, I always felt I would find out."

Kief has begun writing a book about her adoption story with all its provincial twists and turns, and hopes as her story goes public, maybe more information will turn up.

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