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Kid pro quo: The 3,000 mass adoptions of Greek children during the Cold War [English voice over]

By the aftermath of the Greek Civil War and by the new conditions of the global Cold War, more than 3,000 Greek children were placed in the United States, with fast-track adoption procedures ranged from legal to highly irregular. Humanitarian rescue or kid pro quo? Or both? Historian Gonda Van Steen tracks the blueprint for the first large-scale international adoptions, providing essential information to the hundreds of adoptees and their descendants, whose lives are still affected today.

Interviewee: Gonda Van Steen
Ιnterview: Maya Filippopoulou
Producer: Maya Filippopoulou
Sound Designer: Dimitris Patsaros
Sound Editor: Dimitris Papadakis

Istorima is the bigest project of recording and preserving oral histories of Greece. Over 1,000 young researchers find narrators, listen, collect and save stories of people from all over Greece : Stories of their place, stories of love, stories that changed us or defined us, stories modern or old. Stories that are not recorded in the history books and that could be lost in time. Istorima is the co-creation of the journalist Sofia Papaioannou and the historian Katherine Fleming and is implemented with a founding donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of his Youth Reboot and Empowerment initiative (learn more at The more than 20,000 stories are being published in their entirety in stages at Excerpts of the stories are published in the form of podcasts, videos or written stories at