“All Children are Beautiful When They Are Loved” –Bertha Holt, Founder of the Holt International Children’s Services Foundation.
I stumbled across this art display at the Eisenhower Museum and it knocked me off my feet.
Bertha Holt and her husband Harry began to adopt children from Korean in 1955 by a special act of Congress. I read about their adoption of 8 Korean War Orphans and their subsequent founding of an international adoption agency on a U of Oregon site which doesn’t sugar-coat its controversial beginning.
Despite never having met Bertha Holt, I recognized her right away. In fact her blood flows in my veins. My grandmother was a Holt who was raised in Curtin, Oregon where the Holts still work in the farm and lumber industry today (and presumably have modern jobs as well). I should have checked with my mother before writing this post, but I believe Bertha is my Grandmother’s Cousin.
It was a wonderful surprise to find this memorial at the Eisenhower Museum.