Mom and daughter reunite 71 years after being separated by Nazis

A 91-year-old woman holds a photo book of her daughter who she reunited with after being separated by Nazis over 70 years ago. (International Tracking Service)

It's been over 70 years since Margot Bachmann and her mom were separated by Nazis. Now, the mother and daughter have finally reunited.

In 1944, Bachmann had to be given up by her mother shortly after she was born. The mother, who requested not to be named, had been impregnated by a German soldier before she forced to work in a labor camp and give up her child. But the two were miraculously able to reunite in the Italian village of Novellara.

"What we observed last weekend, comes close to a miracle," Friederike Scharlau, representative of International Tracing Service, said in a press release. The organization partnered with the International Committee of the Red Cross to help reunite the mother and daughter. "Nowadays, it is extraordinarily rare that parents and children reconnect who were separated by the Nazi regime. Many Nazi-survivors have died by now."

After being separated from her mother, Bachmann being raised in a German children's home until was adopted at the end of the war. Bachmann's adopted father prohibited her from searching for her birth mother, who had no idea that Bachmann was still alive.

Bachmann decided to continue her search after her father died. She found the full name of her mother on her original birth certificate. Using that info, the International Tracing Service was able to locate Bachmann's mother.

Laura Bastianetto, a representative of the Italian Red Cross, said that the mother had not moved away from her home town and were able to trace her fairly quickly, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"A bottle of sparkling wine, the excitement of the reunification and an exchange of gifts and family pictures filled the time," Bastianetto told the Washington Post. According to Bastianetto, the mother said "I thought you were dead, otherwise I would have searched for you."
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