Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo?

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Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo? is the first book to study the biopolitics of the mass adoption movement of children and youngsters from Greece to the United States in the 1950s through early 1960s.
This book presents a committed quest to unravel and document the postwar adoption networks that placed more than 3,000 Greek children in the United States, in a movement accelerated by the aftermath of the Greek Civil War and by the new conditions of the global Cold War. Greek-to-American adoptions and, regrettably, also their transgressions, provided the blueprint for the first large-scale international adoptions, well before these became a mass phenomenon typically associated with Asian children. The story of these Greek postwar and Cold War adoptions, whose procedures ranged from legal to highly irregular, has never been told or analysed before. This book aims to fill that gap, also for the hundreds of adoptees and their descendants, whose lives are still affected today.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor, Michigan
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages330
ISBN (Electronic)9780472126064
ISBN (Print)9780472131587
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2020


  • adoption
  • Greece
  • Cold War
  • child welfare
  • orphan care
  • migration


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