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Mother reunited with daughter 38 years after she was stolen by the Stasi in former East Germany

by Pat Coate | October 03, 2009
"My foster parents were lovely people, but she is my real mother and I have waited so long for this day."
- Mandy Reinhardt, reunited with birth mother

A mother whose children were taken away by the Stasi secret police of former East Germany has been reunited with one of them nearly 40 years after she was born.

Petra Hoffman, 55, hugged her daughter Mandy Reinhardt, 38, for the first time this week since agents of the hard line Communist regime took her away shortly after she was born.

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