In search of my mother's roots

Peter Staeffler Start Date: Jul 27, 2016 - End Date: Apr 26, 2017
  • Germany
  • Poland

My Travel Story

by: Peter Staeffler Start Date: Jul 27, 2016 - End Date: Apr 26, 2017
Hi, I am Peter

Here is a very abridged version of a very comprehensive story.
I was born in Europe shortly after WW2 and live now in Australia.

A young lady from Poland who became a displaced person by the turmoil of WW2, was sent in 1949 to Sydney, Australia via Germany.

Only three years ago it turned out that she was my mother, but until then I did not know about her existence.
I was born before she left Germany but somehow we got separated.
I grew up in Germany and emigrated later to Australia without knowing about my mother and that I lived now in the same country as she.

 Only when she died five years ago, her daughter- who was born in Australia and who is my half-sister now- found my original Birth Certificate from Germany as one of the few documents my mother left.

It was then that the search for me started. My sister did not know that I emigrated from Germany to Australia and she and her daughter started looking for me in Germany and all over the world through internet. I accidentally saw that in Internet- et voila- we came together. That was three years ago.

 Now I am 70 years old and my greatest wish is to travel next year to Poland and Germany to find out more about the past of my mother, e.g. where was she born, where did she live, what was her maiden name, where did I come in and how did we become separated etc.
She made a big secret about all this to her daughter.
The International Tracing Service of the Red Cross helped me to find a few important data so we have a few points where to start. I have my plan ready for 2017.

I have only little money for that and any fund would be very, very much appreciated….


  • Germany
  • Poland