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In search of the own roots

The 75-year-old Myrian Bergeron knew for a long time that she lived after the Second world war in a convent. The national socialists had separated as a small ch

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In search of the own roots

The 75-year-old Myrian Bergeron knew for a long time that she lived after the Second world war in a convent. The national socialists had separated as a small child by her mother.

By Anna-Elisa Jacob

Suddenly, the puzzle formed a single part of your life story to a picture. Myrian Bergeron, daughter of an Estonian forced laborer, born in 1943, felt that she and her mother a little bandage, she could not explain for a long time. "We had not wanted to talk about this sadness between us, about you," says Myrian Bergeron, one of the many listeners in the music hall of the Vinzenz-von-Paul-high school. She remembers a time that she was crying at night often, and your mother never could explain why. Today, Myrian Bergeron, 75, a mother of nine children, seven of them adopted as a Single parent in the United States. They made the family their life work, and after a long search of the own roots, she recognizes the unconscious connection between your past and this life decision.

The trip to their roots, and thus also in the monastery of Indersdorf began for Myrian Bergeron in 2003, four years after the death of their mother, Alma, Pass. In their papers they found a photo of a maybe two-year-old child, with large, dark eyes and a sad mouth, in the hands of a shield with the inscription "Pass Marjanna". Today, you will know that this picture was taken in the monastery of indersdorf, in the after the Second world war, and in the UNRRA children's center, she was then cared for by nuns and helpers.

This photo shows Myrian Bergeron, shortly after their inclusion in the UNRRA-Kinderheimin Indian village - and it led now at the age of 75 years, there.

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you found out that this photo is on display in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, researched, found on the Internet the book "Back to life" by Anna Andlauer, the reports on the international DP children's centers in the monastery of indersdorf. Myrian Bergeron made contact with the author, soon, to do research together on her life story - which you can decorate today, even with photos, Videos, letters, and anecdotes for the audience.

Directly after their birth, Alma Pass, brought her daughter into the heart of Jesus-home in Gauting. She worked as a forced laborer for the rubber and tyre manufacturer Metzeler, Munich. About your father Myrian Bergeron doesn't know much, he probably came from Serbia, could support her mother financially, when she was later arrested, he paid your lawyer. Marry the two of them were not allowed to - "the was forbidden for forced labourers during the war," explains Anna Andlauer. After the war, Alma Pass was liberated by the Americans, is seriously ill in a Camp for "displaced persons". Your daughter could pick them up only in 1947 from a children's home in Prien am Chiemsee, Myrian Bergeron was four years old.

From the year you spent in the monastery of Indersdorf, don't know, the now 75-year-old a lot of. She remembers to be the corridors running down to a locked door, flower wreaths in their hair. However, the first encounter with her mother, she still has clear eyes, you picked together with Bergerons later adoptive father in Prien. "I approached her, but immediately started to build a close relationship with my adoptive father, an American soldier," says Bergeron. The family moved together in the USA, Alma Pass, spoke only English with her daughter, and this is not called you more, "mother", but "mom", as a Teenager, "mother". Your relationship should never be easy, the unresolved past is always between them.

Myrian Bergeron reads a letter she had written to her deceased mother, after from the bits and pieces of her past slowly to tell a story. In the meantime, you had to know that their mother was taken as a forced laborer from Estonia to Munich, that they had to split shortly after the birth of their daughter, shortly afterwards, by the Gestapo, interrogated, and in two German prisons, it was noted, after the war of tuberculosis suffered. "In this Moment my heart for you broke," writes Myrian Bergeron. Long she would not have understood why her mother did not want to about her past in Germany and her father talk. Why you loss you also have access to their own roots. This is now different: "How to tell such experiences to your own child?"

At the end of singing rocked the audience, two of the lullabies for Myrian Bergeron, with which you stories of the nuns in the monastery of indersdorf at the time, regularly, in sleep. Bergerons daughter, Wendy, who sits all night next to your mother, stand up now and filming the scene. It is a touching Moment, Myrian Bergeron wipes angles, the tears from the eyes. Shortly beforehand, she had explained why she had come today evening after the Indian village: "stories like this have affected families for several generations. You need to know what happened back then." Her daughter interrupts the filming, hugging her mother. Because you want this moving Situation with your share. And perhaps, because they, too, discovered this evening a piece of the Puzzle of your life history.

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