14
Feb
2018
Denver Mile High
University Club
CO
United States

Alex Orkow was born November 29, 1945, in Linz, Austria, just months after the end of WWII.

Two years later, he was rescued from an orphanage near Salzburg, Austria, by an American couple, who were working in Germany for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  Within a year, they had adopted him, and, by the end of 1948, the family returned to the United States, where Alex was raised by his new family in Omaha, Nebraska.

Events shortly before and shortly after his precedent-setting adoption (some of which his adoptive-father contributed to) have evolved into present United States Immigration procedures and laws relating to the adoption of foreign orphans by American citizens.  Since Alex’s adoption, more than 350,000 foreign orphans have become part of loving American families, impacting the lives of tens of millions Americans.

This results of this remarkable history obviously satisfy all the points of the Rotary Four-Way Test!