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The Twentieth Century

Edward Rohs and Judith Estrine

in Raised by the Church

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823240227
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240227.003.0004
The Twentieth Century

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This chapter describes the aftermath of WWII and the challenges society faced in housing and caring for the generation of baby boomers who were born into extreme deprivation. It discusses impoverished WWII war widows with children; women with illegitimate children; and WWII soldiers who falsified their death so as not to be responsible for an out-of-wedlock child. The chapter touches, for example, upon Ed Rohs' mother desperate straits and the ramifications of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy for a poor young woman in 1946. The chapter describes how, when he was six months old, Ed's parents brought him to the Angel Guardian Home for Infants in Brooklyn under the auspices of the Sisters of Mercy.

Keywords: baby boomers; illegitimate children; WWII soldiers; Angel Guardian Home; Sisters of Mercy; WWII war widows

Chapter.  1054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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