Brit, 53, Searching for Dubrovnik Father from 1960s Romance

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A few weeks ago, a Dutchman contacted TCN trying to find his Dubrovnik father after 55 years. All he had as clues was an approximate name, a grainy photo of a Dubrovnik waiter who was the holiday romance of his Dutch mother, and the name of the hotel where he worked. Thanks entirely to the efforts of Laura Siprak from 24 Sata, father and son were united a few weeks later and hugged for the first time. You can read more in Dutchman Finds Dubrovnik Father after 55 Years.  

That success had led to another email and a man looking for his Dubrovnik father after a holiday romance over 50 years ago. Can anyone help Lee? Any leads, please contact [email protected] Subject Dubrovnik Father.


Hi Paul,

I’ve seen your piece on the Dutchman Stefan Brouwers, and it shows just how many things are possible.

While I’m not expecting you or Laura to directly help, I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to find my father after 53 years.

In short, my mum had a relationship with a Yugoslavian man from Dubrovnik or Dubravka. They sent postcards to each other back in the 1970s, which I just found after my mum passed away suddenly and has taken every piece of this history with her to the grave. It appears no one at all in the family or the UK knew of this romance.

I have a colour photograph of who I expect will be my father and various postcards and other cards. He gave two addresses which still exist.

I know there will be somebody alive today that will have the answers, even if they are sad answers.

My DNA confirms my paternal heritage is Croatian, and I’m using several sites and Facebook groups to help me find my father. It’s really slow, and I’m not sure I’m getting anywhere.


I have these two addresses, and I’m informed that one of them is a sleepy village of Dunarve in the region of Konavle near Dubrovnik.

My heritage confirms I’m linked to Great, Great, Grandparents with the name Arbanas or Arbanasin.

One suggestion is, as his initials are MK and various Croatian group members state his name would be either Milo, Miko, Miho from the way in which he signed his letters and cards, the name Miho Kutasic was mentioned. When I look at a picture of this person, there are very similar facial features I share, with the shape of the mouth, the nose, and the size of the years. I totally accept, however that this is looking to make matters fit.

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. The story was amazing for Stefan, and I just hope that maybe you might point me in the right direction to get help in locating my father.

Kindest regards


Any information gratefully received. Please note (I learned this from the last case), for anyone looking for money in exchange for information, the budget available is zero. If you would like to help a son find his father, wonderful. Email [email protected] Subject Dubrovnik Father.


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