Digging deeper, she realized that her other papers carried the same name. Similarly, they stated that she was “Erika Matko, known as Ingrid von Oelhafen.” Confused, she questioned the married couple who lived as housekeepers in her father’s home.
The couple told Oelhafen that she was actually adopted. And, although she was curious about where she came from, Oelhafen didn’t mention her discovery to Gisela and Hermann. Instead, life in post-war Germany carried on as normal.
In fact, it would be almost five decades before Oelhafen would finally find out the truth. Then, when she was 58 years old, she received a phone call from the German Red Cross, inviting her to trace her past. Eventually, the trail led to Nuremberg, where documents referring to an Erika Matko had been discovered.