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Offline Guess

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Colonial German soldiers vietnames family
« on: September 21, 2021, 02:59:11 PM »
A piece of history few know.

A German man searched for his fathers Vietnamese family he left behind after the French Indochina war.

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Re: Colonial German soldiers vietnames family
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2021, 08:02:10 PM »
I hope they find her. But it's very unlikely. So sad

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Re: Colonial German soldiers vietnames family
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2021, 10:09:59 PM »
The little girl Karin in the photo must be in her late sixty by now, and would most likely be in France. After the First Indochina War concluded, France picked up almost all mixed children left behind by their legionnaire soldiers. The reason for the girl's father didn't bring her and her mom back to his native country in the 60s has to do with West Germany's law at the time. Back then, German citizens weren't allowed to bring foreign brides and even their own children from Southeast Asia back to Germany. The situation in East Germany might had been different as it was part of the communist block. Now, The girl's father joint the French expeditionary force in 1952, and had he finished his 5 years contract with the French Foreign Legion, he would had been qualified for a French citizenship, and his wife could had been brought to France, and from their to West Germany. The article in the OP said that he deserted his unit in 1954, or just 2 years into his service to the Foreign Legion. Well, the war in VN ended for France in 1954 with the Geneva Peace Agreement, and had he stayed on, I presume he'd had been sent to Algeria without being able to bring a long his wife and kid. Kyle dot net is good at this, but the easiest way to find the little girl Karin would be to go through that stack of letters mention in the article and look for the last known address of the family, then go there and ask any neighbors who are in their late sixties as they were most likely friends with her during childhood. Searching for Karin Nguyen in France's immigration record is another way.

Interestingly, the French Foreign Legion still exists today, and you don't have to be a Frenchman to sign up. The pay rate is about $1500/month. Room, boarding, and foods are free, but you'll get sent to various hot spots around the world. Upon the completion of the 5 years contract, you'll have the option of becoming a French citizen with a monthly stipend to boot. Back in the mid 40s to the 50s, the French Foreign Legion was made up largely Germans as Germany was in ruin after WW2, and signing up to be a Legionnaire seemed very promising to many young Germans at the time. In the 90s, with the break-up of the Soviet block, many legionnaires were Russians.

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