Lazos rotos, memorias vivas

LaRed21, Argentinia, 15. November 2018
Habrá un recorrido por el sitio de memoria de la ex ESMA, disertaciones como la de Alexandra Senfft, nieta de un nazi que viene desde Alemania a contar su recorrido personal tras enterarse de quién había sido su abuelo tan querido, cómo eso había sido un secreto familiar, los costos emocionales que eso trajo al interior de la familia y las dificultades con las que se encontró cuando quiso investigar sobre ese abuelo, de la propia familia que se negaba a querer ver o a que se sepa su historia.

How the children of Nazi Germany remember World War Two

A new book has gathered the memories of ‘Kriegskinder’, next to portraits of them as they are now. Photographer Frederike Helwig reveals how they remember childhoods in Nazi Germany. In her foreword, Senfft acknowledges how collective silence can infect wider groups. «Research … has shown that trauma and severe stress can be hereditary; that which is not dealt with can be passed on to the next generation.» And it leaches out beyond the family. «What is not brought to light and engaged with individually and within the family finds its way into society and politics.»

Suppressed memories of war in Frederike Helwig’s Kriegskinder

»Everyone portrayed [in Kriegskinder] had the courage to face the camera and tell his
or her story, to literally show him- or herself as Kriegskind,« writes Senfft.
»Their narratives are predominantly anecdotal, with different levels of reflection.
Traumas or transgenerational effects are rarely talked about, mirroring the silence
that is common til today. The readers and viewers are therefore asked to read between
the lines, to look the protagonists in the eye.«
British Journal of Photography 12/2017
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