Heather Wokusch http://www.heatherwokusch.com Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:29:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marianne Lieberman http://www.heatherwokusch.com/marianne-lieberman/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/marianne-lieberman/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:58:59 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=83 Ms. Lieberman was born in Vienna and, due to her Jewish heritage, suffered persecution. She eventually moved to the US and became a noted artist: ‘To ferret out some truths takes dedication and relentless effort. And it takes largesse not to be judgmental. Blame is too often self-serving and misguided. To learn of the skilful secrecy and mystery practiced by generations before us to hide the socially-unacceptable facts of their lives in an eye opener. Talking through the difficult and unpleasant moments in their parents’ lives would have been painful but rewarding. Shielding us from the truth affects us as if we were lied to. Can we change this generational malaise, this fear of truths?’

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Wanda Broszkowska-Piklikiewicz http://www.heatherwokusch.com/wanda-broszkowska-piklikiewicz/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/wanda-broszkowska-piklikiewicz/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:55:53 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=58 Ms. Broszkowska-Piklikiewicz took part in the Uprising movement which aimed to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. She was later sent to Stalag VI-C Oberlangen Detention Camp: ‘War destroys not only physically, not only buildings or monuments or wealth, but it also destroys humans. It changes people forever. And there is no retreat from those changes. In order to survive, people become able to kill and to do things they wouldn’t be able to do if there were no war. That is the worst destruction of a human being during wartime.’

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Reiko Yamada http://www.heatherwokusch.com/reiko-yamada/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/reiko-yamada/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:17:38 +0000 http://imagesetterdfg.com/demo103/?p=1 Ms. Yamada is a Hibakusha, or survivor of an atomic bombing. On August 6th 1945, she was a schoolgirl in Hiroshima; since then, she has dedicated her life to helping others understand the horrors of nuclear weapons: ‘Never forget, especially never forget the facts of the war. Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction. Many people today don’t know anything about war. I hope that the youth never forget, that they will learn what happened.’

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Anna Jug http://www.heatherwokusch.com/anna-jug/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/anna-jug/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:49:11 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=81 Like many other Carinthian Slovenes, Ms. Jug and her family were persecuted by Nazis, forced to give up their homes and belongings and forcibly resettled abroad. Ms. Jug survived years in the Ravensbrück concentration camp: ‘Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my time at Ravensbrück. It is terribly important that no horror like that ever happens again. I think that these days, people take a lot for granted. They forget to respect and even treasure the fact that they have food on the table and many freedoms.’

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Madeleine Sugimoto http://www.heatherwokusch.com/madeleine-sugimoto/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/madeleine-sugimoto/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:30:49 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=62 The daughter of noted artist Henry Sugimoto, Ms. Sugimoto spent three years in various US internment camps for those of Japanese descent: ‘It is the cruelty and the anger that was created out of people who were once the neighbors and the friends of a community. And the anger and the hatred that can just boil up out… because it is really the citizens feeling a threat. That we are a threat to the country.’

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Vinie Burrows http://www.heatherwokusch.com/vinie-burrows/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/vinie-burrows/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:09:19 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=1 Ms. Burrows is an award-winning actor, writer and producer. Her activism is especially focused on the areas of disarmament, racial discrimination, women’s issues, and economic/social development. Speaking of African Americans in the US during WWII: ‘We were fighting for freedom abroad but we had no freedom here. We were fighting two wars – we were fighting a war overseas, but we were also fighting here for dignity, for jobs, for equality.’

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Hazel Richardson http://www.heatherwokusch.com/hazel-richardson/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/hazel-richardson/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:33:42 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=64 Ms. Richardson was a 12-year-old school girl living in London when war was declared in 1939. Armed only with a gas mask and a packet of sandwiches, she joined other children evacuated to safety in the north of England. By mid-1940, Ms. Richardson returned to her family in London; just a few months later, the large scale air attacks of the Battle of Britain ensued. She recalls: ‘During one of the lulls in the bombing, my father called me to come up from the bomb shelter. I will never forget the sight. The houses were down around us. Our neighbor’s house, while it was still standing, had flames coming out of every window and door. Each flame had a point to it, like a child’s drawing, and it crackled loudly. We knew that the sisters who lived there always sheltered under the stairs during a raid. I didn’t look again.’

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Setsuko Thurlow http://www.heatherwokusch.com/setsuko-thurlow/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/setsuko-thurlow/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:30:54 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=127 A prominent disarmament activist, Ms. Thurlow is a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times and most recently was recognized as the global Arms Control Person of the Year 2015: ‘We survivors feel very strongly, passionately, that no other human being should ever experience what we experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.’

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Hedy Epstein http://www.heatherwokusch.com/hedy-epstein/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/hedy-epstein/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:54:06 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=99 Born in Germany to a Jewish family, Ms. Epstein experienced Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport before much of her family was killed in concentration camps. She also worked as a research analyst at the Nuremberg Trial of the physicians accused of performing medical experiments on concentration camp inmates: ”It was just horrendous to hear the survivors of some of these experiments testify. I especially remember one of the defendants; there were 23 defendants and one of them was a woman. She had worked in the women’s camp at Ravensbrück. During the testimony, she was asked, ‘Why did you perform these particular experiments on these women?’ And she said, ‘Well, they were just Polish and they were going to die anyway.’ For her, because they were Polish, they were less human beings.”

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Rosina Wernig http://www.heatherwokusch.com/rosina-wernig/ http://www.heatherwokusch.com/rosina-wernig/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:00:22 +0000 http://aysel.webd3m.com/?p=7 An Austrian of Slovene descent, Ms. Wernig was deported and subjected to multiple forced-labor camps (Schwarzenberg / Frauenaurach / Hesselberg) during WWII. She urges youth: ‘Trust in life and never give up.’

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