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This website has been designed and published by John Munro, for the benefit of others who are trying to trace their American GI fathers or family.

Some of the information and links have been provided by fellow searchers and friends.

Please let us know by emailing: if any of the information requires updating or if you have any additional useful material that you believe would help others in their search.

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We also have a GI Trace Email Forum (managed by Yahoo! Groups) where you can communicate with numerous like-minded people who are all at varying stages of their own searches, some just starting out, whilst others having completed their own search, wishing to remain online to help those who are still searching.  Simply use the link below:

Ute has her book published!

Between 1945 and 1955 hundreds of thousands of children whose fathers were soldiers in the Allied occupying forces, were born in Germany and Austria.

Many of these so-called Children of the Occupation have never met their fathers from the USA, Great Britain, France or the former Soviet Union. Very often they experienced exclusion from society and even from their own families.

Ute Baur-Timmerbrink, herself a Child of the Occupation and one of our members assists people seeking their soldier fathers and up to now has been witness to around 200 family reunions.

Central to the theme of her book are portraits of Children of the Occupation from Germany and Austria.

Two contributions from experts give insight into the relationship between the occupying troops and the population 1945-55, and present the most recent research results concerning the psychosocial pressures to which Children of the Occupation may be subject.

Her book recounts the fate of Children of the Occupation who were not prepared to resign themselves to unanswered questions regarding their origins. Their journey into the past brings pain and insecurity, but also hope. The book encourages Children of the Occupation, as well as other readers to confront their own pasts so that unexplained issues or traumas are not passed on to the generations who follow.

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