NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 16, 1972
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(Studio) In Los Angeles, 2 children have lived with foster parents 2 years since death of Czechoslovakian father who escaped his country during 1968 Russian invasion. Mother, in Czechoslovakia, comes to Los Angeles to claim children but California judge rules against her.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Prague, Czechoslovakia) [1968 film of Russian invasion shown.] (Yucaipa, California) Fritz and Vlasta Gabriel left Decin, Czechoslovakia, with father during invasion, and came to California. After father died, they were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smith. [MRS. SMITH - says father pleaded to prevent children from returning before dying.] [Vlasta GABRIEL - doesn't want to go.] [Fritz GABRIEL - says people live in Czechoslovakia.] Mrs. Gabrielova-Zludkynova comas in parson to court in San Bernardino to fight for children. [Judge Don TURNER - says children should go with mother rather than be kept by state, but psychologists recommend children stay in United States so as not to suffer irreparable emotional trauma from being taken by strange woman to strange community speaking strange language.] So judge rules Fritz and Vlasta can stay in US.
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer