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Dreyer, Carl-Theodor

Dreyer was born in Copenhagen and went immediately into foster care, but he was adopted in 1891. He first became a journalist but by 1913 he was a caption writer for silent films. His fi... [more]

Genée, Adeline

Genée was born in Århus, Denmark. She was adopted when she was eight by her uncle, Alexandre Genée, and his wife, Antonia Zimmerman, who were dancers. She renamed herself Adeline after the ... [more]


In 1897 the polar explorer Robert Peary returned from northwestern Greenland with some specimens for the American Museum of Natural History in New York: six real live Inuit, including a man... [more]

Munk, Kaj

Munk was born Kaj Harald Leininger Petersen on the island of Lolland. His father died in 1899 and his mother in 1903. He was then adopted by the Munk family. His first play, Pontius Pila... [more]

Svein Ulfson (under Norwegian Ruling Families)

In the Middle Ages fostering was practiced between the great families of Norway, possibly as a means of cementing interfamily alliances or demonstrating reciprocal status relationships. Acc... [more]

Wine, Maria

Wine was born in Denmark but moved to Sweden on her marriage. Her books include Man Har Skjutit ett Lejon, Byta Daggkapa, Den Bevingade Drommen, Djurkrets, Karleken and Vinge. She is ... [more]

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