Star Tribune: “They never forgot”

They never forgot

In a conspiracy of silence, more than a million pregnant and unmarried young women and girls were forced to surrender their babies in postwar America. Then they were expected to return to normal living. Most never could.

Last update: July 07, 2007 – 10:17 PM

In the tense final moments of waiting for her daughter to come around the corner of Catholic Charities in St. Cloud, Minn., Sandy Sperrazza could not take her eyes off the floor. It was not an act of submission or fear. Sperrazza was looking for her baby.

"For all those years, I was mourning the loss of the baby," said Sperrazza, who now lives in Edina. "I always wanted the baby back."

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. The adoption experiment back then caused so much pain and anger that it still affects so many of us. I am one from the opposite side – adopted. Such wonderful parents I have/had, yet I always felt a hole not knowing where I came from.

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