I just ran across this article and know many of you will be very interested.
Published in The New York Times, April 13, 1996 - by Raymond Bonner
TALES OF STOLEN BABIES AND LOST IDENTITIES;
A GREEK SCANDAL ECHOES IN NEW YORK
The baby girl, swaddled in rags, was abandoned on the steps of an orphanage in Patras, Greece, with a simple note giving her name (Maria Ioannou), date of birth (Aug. 15, 1955) and a plea that she be fed.
At least that is what official papers say, papers that allowed her to be adopted by a family in Holliswood. Queens. She arrived at Idlewild Airport aboard Swissair Flight 850 at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 28, 1955.
Forty years later, Maxine Deller -- she has used that name since her adoption -- says she believes that much of her official past is a lie. Ms. Deller, a car saleswoman in Queens, is convinced that her natural mother is still alive, that she has brothers and sisters in Greece, and that she was not abandoned at all but was illegally adopted as part of a large-scale baby selling scheme at several municipal orphanages in Greece.