For one family, the holidays meant reuniting with their father. Maria Mikulicz-Radecki and her daughter were planning to catch a flight to Peru on Christmas Eve to see her husband Hans-Wilhelm. Unfortunately, that flight never made it to Peru…
Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke and Maria Mikulicz-Radecki met at the University of Kiel. They ended up graduating together and relocating to Peru so they could study the local plants and animals. Once they were settled in Peru, they ended up getting married. They even published several books as a married couple. Things were great… For now.
Maria gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Juliane Margaret Beate Koepcke on October 10th, 1954. Hans and Maria were thrilled. Maria ended up being a very spoiled only child…