She continues to look for those things that feel honest and real, using her camera as a means of exploring feelings and emotions. After decades of standing in for someone else, she now is in control of her destiny and vision. Hannah creates psychological and autobiographical photographs.
Her subjects are the people and places that touch her emotionally. She has been photographing people and places for four decades. Photography has the power to heal and to help us through difficult periods, something Hannah Kozak knows first hand from personal experience. My father, a Holocaust survivor, was never a victim. His unresolved grief and sadness became a catalyst for ambition. Yet there was always a shadow of Poland behind my father. To achieve their goal of exterminating every Jew in Europe, the Germans created 1, concentration camps and satellite concentration camps, seven killing centers and labor camps.
From ages fifteen to twenty, my father survived eight of those camps in Germany.
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Before the camps, my father was forced into the ghetto, the worst area of Bedzin, Poland. He was allowed to leave the residential district only to do forced labor, working for starvation wages making uniforms for soldiers.
My father was in daily direct contact with death. He walked with death and lived so that I could tell his story. As I walked the grounds at Treblinka, where his brother was machine-gunned down, I found myself humming Hebrew songs, chanting the prayers of dead souls. In those camps, my father suffered from Tuberculosis. When Dernau, the final camp he was in was liberated on May 8, , he collapsed at sixty-five pounds. I have traveled to Poland numerous times to retrace his steps to see the camps he was forced into and the killing centers where his family was murdered.
Dernau, in particular, quieted me while awakening every sense. I saw the barbed wire fence that kept him prisoner when he was close to death. I heard crickets and the ever-present singing of birds that seem to sing differently in Poland, than they do in the U. I wondered if he could have heard the running water from the creek surrounding the camp. Could he see the tall, sinewy trees? My father asked me to tell his story towards the end of his life. I took this as a task. As a 2 nd generation survivor, perhaps this is a reason for my existence.
I created a short film called Survivor: These are my love letters to him. I understand now; that I will never truly comprehend what happened to my family but my continued sojourns to Poland and Germany, help me to see answers to my questions, in person.
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This is a haunting story of a son seeking to understand the legacy of fear left by his parents' involvement in idealistic politics during the s and 70s, when "disappearances" were common for political dissidents in Argentina. It is powerfully and artistically written.
One person found this helpful. I purchased this book thinking it would be a fictional but interesting account of a family's experience with the dirty war and the aftermath. The first three quarters of the book is a painfully slow build up of a man coming to terms with his depression and his father's illness. It's mostly well written but that is not the kind of book I thought I was purchasing. I was overall very disappointed with this book and did not find that it gave me any clear or even metaphorical picture of Argentinians during or after the dirty war.
Memory problems of a father and his son hide so much, and Pron digs beneath the symptoms of loss of remembering important details for both men in a surprising, dazzling way -- this novel creeps up on you and then inhabits your own memory. And talk about a brilliant translation that maintains all the tensions and nuances of the Spanish original! Pron had left his home in El Trebol to work at becoming a writer in Europe.
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Now his father is ill, and though the family has not been close, he immediately returns home. What follows is a dramatic tale of fathers and sons, an examination of time and memory, a study of people who believe that a life without principles is not worth living, and a memory of good people who have been so traumatized by events from another time that they have little common ground for communication with other generations.
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His parents, however, were both journalists and members of a Peronist group opposed to the military, and in their efforts to protect their children, they remained on a different plane, unable to communicate with them fully for fear of endangering them. Dividing the novel into four parts, the author describes his childhood memories in Part I at least those that he remembers after eight years of heavy drug use in Europe ; the disappearance and murder, just two months before his arrival, of a man who worked at a local club and knew his father; his decision to examine his father's personal files and to follow up on his father's investigation into this death and the long history which preceded it; and his discovery of who his father really is and how he is representative of other fathers whose actions and spirit should not be forgotten.
The novel which results from all the speaker's searches and discoveries is moving and even tender. Pron's honesty about his own history and his own problems suggests that despite a childhood spent without the loving guidance of the father he yearned for that he would ultimately make his own courageous choices and would connect with his family in new ways.
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Combining his relentless honesty with images which convey feelings in addition to pictures, he draws in the reader on several levels at once. His efforts to understand his father through the files he finds in his father's study allow him to share his father's thinking directly.
Though the novel takes place during a period of horrific abuses by a powerful and aggressive military, Pron's setting in El Trebol, where the streets "were like the streets in the small American Midwestern towns from the s movies" makes the setting feel familiar and the abuses more horrific. His father's careful research into the fate of a "disappeared" friend in the s and the discovery that she is the sister of the murder victim from allows the speaker to connect the present with his father's past in new ways.
Ultimately, he recognizes that his "uncommunicative" father "would have liked not to be one of the few who survived [the military purges], because "A survivor is the loneliest person in the world," and he gains new understandings upon which to act in the future. Amazing transition from part 1 with tales of a man totally lost on drugs and his return to Argentina where his father, unable to talk, left him a folder with text and photographs that Pron weaves into an interesting detective story that reaches into the dark days of the military dictatorship. I enjoyed the creative format employed by the author.
The narrative was offered in vignettes: This variation in style offered a naturalistic rendition of how we experience our lives, our thoughts: I ordered it for the title alone. The book was cleverly done, and I enjoyed the stages of stories it set up, but perhaps I was so eager to find the depth and beauty of the title, I was a bit let down. Don't let that stop you from reading it. Patricia Pron knows what he is doing. See all 40 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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