evelyn and robert in germany

I haven’t had time to clean up the translation, so here it is in its rough form:

A man looking for his mother

Robert Patrick was born in Würzburg, Germany and adopted by an American couple

from our editorial board member Gisela Schmidt Würzburg

1953 was a good year for West Germany. From bomb craters, houses grew with central heating, running water and electric lights. The export was underway. Increased purchasing power. Instead of turnips, knuckle of pork stood on the table.  Instead of even twisted tip of home-grown tobacco was Eckstein cigarettes. Healthy living was not announced.  Be fed up was important. Big bellies as status symbols. Germany was the country of the economic miracle.   in 1953 was not a good year for Brigitte Heinz. She – was a youngster and pregnant. Much you don’t know about her. Only, that she on November 24, 1932 in Bamberg was born, there lived in the Reußstraße, was baptized Catholic and worked as a housemaid. It is obvious that there was no miracle for them.   Nothing is known of the father of her child.

Certainly, Brigitte was a pretty, German “young lady”. Perhaps, her boyfriend was American soldier. Of which there were many at that time in Swiss francs. The name that she gave her son, speaks for: Robert Lee Heinz. On February 16, 1953, nine months before the 21st birthday of his mother, the little guy with the big eyes in the Valentine-Becker-Straße 9 in Würzburg is born. So it is in his birth certificate.   “I have always enough love, and that gave me a lot of strength.”   Robert Lee Patrick (59), raised in adoptive mother at this address there was no hospital. Perhaps, Robert Lee Heinz has seen the light of day in the apartment of a friend of his mother. Home births were not rare at that time. Maybe Brigitte Heinz also hochschwanger from Bamberg to Würzburg traveled, so that your child is equally close with his new parents.

The young mother for adoption releases Robert Lee. The sergeant major of the army Lee Roy Patrick, stationed in Würzburg and his wife Evelyn take the little ones on April 15, 1953 on child instead. “I, Brigitte Heinz, know that my consent to the adoption is irrevocable,” according to the paper, which signs the young woman with a notary.

Robert Lee Heinz is Robert Lee Patrick. With his adoptive parents, he draws in the grass route 2 in the district Mrs. land, near the Leighton barracks. Photos from that time show a round, Merry laughing baby and happy, proud parents.   1955 or 1956 the family goes back to the United States, the marriage of Lee Roy and Evelyn breaks up a few years later. The small Robert grows up pampered and sheltered by his adoptive mother, studied English and French literature, attended an acting school in Chicago. Evelyn Patrick 1982 dies.

Today, their adopted son is 59 years old, works as a gallerist and event Manager, lives in the California Laguna Niguel, searches for his roots – and actually it is not him. “I want to hurt anyone,” Robert Patrick writes in a sensitively-worded email to the editorial, “neither my birth mother, even her husband or her other children”, if there are any.   His parents had him never secret, that he is an adopted child. “But because I long was surrounded my life of loving relatives, I never felt the urgent desire to find my birth mother and learn about their lives”.

But now the 59-year-old working on his biography. While writing, he realized that his life has started quite different than that of most people. “That’s why I want to know now like who was my real mother and what effects my adoption had on their lives.” A very pragmatic movement follows Robert Patrick’s carefully chosen words: “Also I am interested in nature, whether there are hereditary diseases.”   Then the wording of the 59-year-old is again quite insightful: “I’ve never emotionally impaired felt, because I do not know my birth mother or any siblings. I have always enough love and that gave me a lot of strength.”

Who can help Robert Patrick in the search for his roots, to the Editorial Board in connection contact: gisela.schmidt@mainpost.de


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