HeQylpines, Iowa _ ,^ ouimUay REGISTER ^ PEC. E, 1948.
Lutherans Found Homes for 26 Orphan D. P.s
Homes l£ayyi>een folnd in Iowa for 26 orphanjd Eulopean children in the fir|t yea* of full scale displaced persons activities by the Iowa Lutheran Welfare society.
"We believe that is more than the number aided by any other single agency in any other state,"
"Mrs. Dagmar Hamilton said Saturday. She took over the displaced persons work for the so-
«ciety recently. Mrs. Hamilton for-
merly, was a children's social worker in Baton Rouge, La.
She said the 26 children range in age,from babies to a 20-year-old student at Wartbitrg (Lutheran) college at Waverly. Most of them are of high school age.
"For the most part these children are complete orphans," Mrs. Hamilton continued. "They don't know where their parents are, even if the parents may be alive. "One of these children saw
his parents put on a boat, sent out to sea, then saw. the boat intentionally torpedoed and sent to the bottom by those who loaded the boat."
The 26 children are scattered throughout the state. Some of them have been adopted, some given temporary foster homes and some are on their own.
"There is a strong demand for refugee babies to adopt," Mrs. Hamilton said. "We get several letters a week from people wanting to take children in this way. And some of the letters come from neighboring states, as well as from Iowa."
Most of the children came from
Baltic countries—Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Some come from central Europe.
"These children came from countries which Hitler overran, and some of them from countries which Russia took over," Mrs. Hamilton explained. "Most of them had been in displaced persons camps the last four or five years."
The welfare society has beeft,J active in relocating European orphans in this country for the last two or three years. The society works through a national Lutheran organization.
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