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The Expanding Circle: An Adoption Odyssey

Wolff, Marion Freyer

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ISBN 10: 1564743187 / ISBN 13: 9781564743183
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Title: The Expanding Circle: An Adoption Odyssey

Publisher: Fithian Press


Book Condition:Fine

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The Expanding Circle: An Adoption Odyssey

In 1958, faced with the inability to bear children, Marion and John Wolff return to Germany in search of a child to adopt. Only nineteen years earlier they had fled the country to escape the Final Solution of the Jewish problem, and memories of their youth under the Nazi regime were still very vivid.

As the Wolffs traveled from town to town, visiting welfare agencies and inspecting orphanages, they encountered bureaucratic hurdles, childrens homes that varied greatly in their philosophies of child rearing, and Germans who labeled them foreigners. Everywhere they saw reminders of the Holocaust: railroad stations, cattle cars, the absence of Jewish names in telephone books. They detected no trace of Jewish life in many places where Jewish culture had flourished for centuries.

They found, however, four officials who saw in the Jewish couples quest an opportunity to make amends for the past. Through dramatic coincidences they found Rebecca, the little girl they took home to the United States as their own.

The Expanding Circle is based on diaries and careful historical research. A list of sources, several photographs, and an epilogue are included.

A clear, understated style masks the emotional, suspenseful story. The Expanding Circle is suitable for teenage readers and anyone interested in adoption and Judaica.

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