What ever you think of International Adoption Mr. Harry Holt and his wife Bertha had a huge impact on bringing tens of thousands of Children into Adoptive families in the USA and Europe.
After the Korean War had ended thousands of children roamed the streets of Korea, abandoned, or separated, left bereft of family by war, or poverty. Many were full blood Korean children caught up in the madness of war. Some were guilty of “Being mixed-blooded”, Tuigi, children born of the Korean women and Foreign troops from liaisons that produced WAR BABIES. They were the “Dust of the Streets”.
Pacific Stars and Stripes, Oct. 15, 1955
Holt, who easily qualifies as the No. 1 mass-adoption father in the U.S. was glad to turn eight of the 12 tots over to his wife and their own six children who eagerly looked over their new brothers and sisters.
Four Go to Others
Tokyo (S&S)- Harry Holt flew into Tokyo International Airport Thursday night with planeload of angels in damp diapers.
The 50-year-old Oregon farmer and sawmill operator arrived from Seoul on a CAT airliner, shepherding his cargo of 12 sleepy orphans en route from unwanted loneliness to the warmth of American foster homes.
Holt is adopting eight of the mixed-blood Korean-American orphans. The other four will find homes with families in Oregon, Michigan, and Texas.
Unaware of Fame
As the air liner's door swung open, the graying, stocky Holt stepped out to blink into a glare of popping flashbulbs and newsmen's questions. He seemed unawares of the extent to which his act has fired the imagination of the world.
"Mr. Holt, this is a fantastic thing you're dong," a newsman said.
"Oh, I don't know," he drawled in a northwoods voice.
As the twelve children leaving the plane in the arms of stewards, stewardesses, pilots, mechanics and assorted well-wishers, Holt counted them softly under his breath as they filed by.
"I tried to retire a couple of years ago," he said with a grin, "but it wasn't much fun."
Interest by Film
Stars & Stripes, March 10, 1956
Farmer to Seek 500 More ROK Orphans
CRESWELL, Ore. (UP)-Harry Holt, the Creswell farmer who last year brought 12 Korean War orphans to the U.S. and adopted eight of them himself, is going back for 500 more. Holt said he hoped to get American couples to adopt the children. Working with Holt is a religious organization which maintains orphanages in Korea. It was the organization which helped Holt cut through red tape to bring the 12 children to the U.S. last year.
Holt has less than 10 months to complete his rescue operation. The Refugee Relief Act under which the orphans may enter the U.S. expires at the end of the year. Holt said he will leave for his second trip to Korea in May, "maybe sooner."
My Mom was told by Grandma that she was the first to call after the radio interview broadcast on AM radio, in 1955 just after they had landed with the 12 children, 8 of whom were adopted by Harry and Bertha Holt.”