In The Media - Personal
Lost and Found Half a Century Later
Something wasn't right. Things just didn't add up. Why did I have brown hair and the rest of my family was blonde? Why did my father abandon me when my parents divorced when I was 10 years old?
When I had a breast cancer scare, my request for a family history was ignored. Something wasn't right and deep down I think I knew it my whole life, but my questions were met with a wall of silence. I found my answers at age 50, through a very unexpected route…
A mother-of-two has met her long-lost brother for the first time after a 50-year mystery.
Steffi August, 53, who has been living in New Zealand for the past 20 years, managed to trace half-brother Guido Voigt, 49, after discovering the dad who raised her was not her biological father.
The pair's emotional first meeting at Auckland airport was captured on camera, with Steffi holding up a sign that read: "United after a 50-year mystery".
Steffi said that she loved him "as soon as they hugged", after Guido flew in to New Zealand from his home in Leipzig, Germany.