Ellen Rubinstein’s long search to find her missing pieces from Greece completed in “Tunnel” ‘s studio.
When she first saw her mother’s picture, she looked up to the sky and excitedly thanked her dead sister for the “gift” she gave her.
A few minutes before she met her cousins who traveled from Patras to meet her.
The scene moved everyone in the studio. She could not believe this development. With tears in her eyes she explained to her relatives that over the years she had been trying to keep in touch with Greeks of America and their culture to feel Greek.
She did not meet her mother alive, but she found cousins full of love waiting for her in Patras.
Research for the Lost Children of Greece
Ellen arrived in Athens with a group of Greeks from USA who are researching the strange stories of children who were illegally or legally adopted abroad in the ’50s.
Professor-researcher of Greek Studies at the University of Florida Gonda Van Steen, accompanied the group. What happened in the studio was filmed by the cinematographic crew of producer and filmmaker Ronit Kertsner, who is preparing a documentary for these cases. With them was the representative of “Roots” , Mary Theodoropoulou.
Particular was the time when Angeliki Nikolouli presented footage of the show from 1997, when Ellen’s sister was looking for the truth of her life in Tunnel.
USA-Patra: Shocking story of the three sisters …
Ellen revealed the stunning story of herself and her sisters in a video shot in America.
A photograph in an American magazine paved the way for three sisters to unite.
Ellen Rubinstein was born in Patras on January 5, 1958. She was left at the Patras Municipal Infirmary and then she was adopted by a Jewish family in Bronx, New York.
Her life changed when she saw an article about adopted children in People magazine. She saw the photo of a woman who looked just like her and she was also born in Patras. She was Maxine Deller who a year before, in 1997, had turned to “Light at the Tunnel” to find the truth of her life. Maxine was born on August 15, 1955.
Both had absolutely no evidence of their biological family. Their unique fortune was the notes found on them and a few baby clothes. Ellen’s handwritten note, said her name was Despo. The note found on Maxine said her name was Maria.
Fate, however , had another surprise for them.
An adopted woman from Greece who lived in Minnesota sought Maxine because her own roots came also from Patras. She was born on October 28, 1956 and she looked like her.
Their DNA test revealed another sister!
Rolene, unlike her sisters, had in her hands documents with the name of their biological mother. She was Nikolitsa Xipolia from Patras, who consented those difficult years for her adoption in America.
Maxine died before life smiled to her once again.