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January 5, 1990 | Reuters
The Australian state of New South Wales is trying to arrange the adoption of Romanian children to satisfy the demands of hundreds of childless couples in the country's most populous state. An immigration official will travel to Bucharest after an emotional request by a New South Wales state government minister who was moved by television pictures from Romania of orphanages packed with unwanted children.
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December 9, 1992 | JULIE RUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like many parents-to-be, Joan and John Welborn were excited about the arrival of their first child but terrified about the delivery. As much as they planned and prepared for the big day, the couple worried there would be complications. As luck would have it, the delivery was smooth and rather painless, although it took longer than most--2 1/2 weeks, to be exact. That's because the Welborns' daughter, Katya, 2, came by way of an adoption agency all the way from Russia.
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May 23, 1991 | JOANNA M. MILLER and CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Camarillo couple's two-month struggle to bring a newly adopted Romanian baby to the United States ended Wednesday after White House intervention made it possible for the infant and mother to come home together. Shirley Suffern, a Ventura County high school teacher, and 7-month-old Alyssa Lynette arrived at Los Angeles International Airport after the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest bowed to pressure from White House Chief of Staff John Sununu and allowed them to enter the United States.
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July 16, 1990 | IRINA EREMIA BRAGIN, Bragin is a Los Angeles writer who teaches at the University of Judaism.
The man in the black suit and wide-brimmed hat now walking hesitantly up the ramp from customs looks Romanian. Is he my father? My heart pounding, I press through the throng of well-wishers gathered to greet arrivals from the Pan Am flight. ' 'Bine ai venit!' I hear a voice behind me and another woman runs up and kisses the man on both cheeks. My mistake terrifies me. What if I don't recognize him?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Violinist Sergiu Schwartz remembers the Romanian secret police--the Securitate--imprisoning his father for two years on a charge that was never made clear. . . . Mozart Camerata founding music director Ami Porat remembers the Securitate offering his father a choice between life imprisonment or serving as a spy for the Romanian state. . . . But such memories come reluctantly--neither musician likes to talk about his childhood in Romania.
NEWS
December 28, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this Transylvanian heartland, which has suffered centuries of war and hardship, an 800-year-old culture has been done in by democracy. The ethnic German minority that imparted a rare vestige of prosperity and stability to the troubled region has fled Romania en masse since the revolution a year ago. More than half of the 220,000 Germans in Romania at the start of the year have poured through the open borders to resettle in Germany.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Persecution against Jews came early into conductor Ami Porat's childhood in Romania. "There were daily anti-Semitic attacks, even from little kids who obviously repeated what they heard from their parents," Porat said in a recent phone interview. "I remember a 4-year-old boy who lived in our building, who used to throw rocks at us daily when we came home from school, 'You dirty Jews, get out of my country.' " "And I remember the insults that even the teachers inflicted on us.
NEWS
September 19, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
As a result of Hungary's liberal policies toward the East Bloc's political and economic refugees, an increasing number of Romanians are risking jail--and occasionally the bullets of border guards--in order to escape into Hungary.
NEWS
January 8, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every night before bedtime, Jessica, 4, kneels before one of the Orthodox faith icons in a large, dimly lit apartment and recites "My Angel," the Romanian prayer she has learned by heart: My Angel be good to me and protect me all the time. For I am weak and you are strong. Dear God, help all the children of the world. And help me go as soon as possible to my mother and father. Jessica's adoptive mother and father, Ilona and Thomas Scott, live thousands of miles away in Camarillo, Calif.
NEWS
December 28, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this Transylvanian heartland, which has suffered centuries of war and hardship, an 800-year-old culture has been done in by democracy. The ethnic German minority that imparted a rare vestige of prosperity and stability to the troubled region has fled Romania en masse since the revolution a year ago. More than half of the 220,000 Germans in Romania at the start of the year have poured through the open borders to resettle in Germany.
NEWS
July 16, 1990 | IRINA EREMIA BRAGIN, Bragin is a Los Angeles writer who teaches at the University of Judaism.
The man in the black suit and wide-brimmed hat now walking hesitantly up the ramp from customs looks Romanian. Is he my father? My heart pounding, I press through the throng of well-wishers gathered to greet arrivals from the Pan Am flight. ' 'Bine ai venit!' I hear a voice behind me and another woman runs up and kisses the man on both cheeks. My mistake terrifies me. What if I don't recognize him?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Violinist Sergiu Schwartz remembers the Romanian secret police--the Securitate--imprisoning his father for two years on a charge that was never made clear. . . . Mozart Camerata founding music director Ami Porat remembers the Securitate offering his father a choice between life imprisonment or serving as a spy for the Romanian state. . . . But such memories come reluctantly--neither musician likes to talk about his childhood in Romania.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Persecution against Jews came early into conductor Ami Porat's childhood in Romania. "There were daily anti-Semitic attacks, even from little kids who obviously repeated what they heard from their parents," Porat said in a recent phone interview. "I remember a 4-year-old boy who lived in our building, who used to throw rocks at us daily when we came home from school, 'You dirty Jews, get out of my country.' " "And I remember the insults that even the teachers inflicted on us.
NEWS
January 8, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every night before bedtime, Jessica, 4, kneels before one of the Orthodox faith icons in a large, dimly lit apartment and recites "My Angel," the Romanian prayer she has learned by heart: My Angel be good to me and protect me all the time. For I am weak and you are strong. Dear God, help all the children of the world. And help me go as soon as possible to my mother and father. Jessica's adoptive mother and father, Ilona and Thomas Scott, live thousands of miles away in Camarillo, Calif.
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | Reuters
The Australian state of New South Wales is trying to arrange the adoption of Romanian children to satisfy the demands of hundreds of childless couples in the country's most populous state. An immigration official will travel to Bucharest after an emotional request by a New South Wales state government minister who was moved by television pictures from Romania of orphanages packed with unwanted children.
NEWS
May 23, 1991 | JOANNA M. MILLER and CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Camarillo couple's two-month struggle to bring a newly adopted Romanian baby to the United States ended Wednesday after White House intervention made it possible for the infant and mother to come home together. Shirley Suffern, a Ventura County high school teacher, and 7-month-old Alyssa Lynette arrived at Los Angeles International Airport after the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest bowed to pressure from White House Chief of Staff John Sununu and allowed them to enter the United States.
NEWS
December 9, 1992 | JULIE RUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like many parents-to-be, Joan and John Welborn were excited about the arrival of their first child but terrified about the delivery. As much as they planned and prepared for the big day, the couple worried there would be complications. As luck would have it, the delivery was smooth and rather painless, although it took longer than most--2 1/2 weeks, to be exact. That's because the Welborns' daughter, Katya, 2, came by way of an adoption agency all the way from Russia.
NEWS
September 19, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
As a result of Hungary's liberal policies toward the East Bloc's political and economic refugees, an increasing number of Romanians are risking jail--and occasionally the bullets of border guards--in order to escape into Hungary.
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