“What were my parents doing when they were as old as my son is today? What made them what they are today?” These questions are examined by the photographer Frederike Helwig in her book Kriegskinder. People who were born in the late 1930s and early 1940s, who grew up during World War II, are now in their eighth decade of life. They look back, some of them speaking for the first time ever about what marked them: bombs, fleeing, fear, hunger, illness, death, missing fathers, overwhelmed mothers—as well as the speechlessness of the post-war era, when memories of the war and its intergenerational consequences were supposed to be forgotten. The forty-five haunting portraits are contrasted with the narratives of childhood experiences told by eyewitnesses, present and past interwoven to confront the silence that has resided for many years in between. This makes Kriegskinder a portrait of a generation whose memories will soon disappear with them.


Concept & Photography by Frederike Helwig
Foreword by Alexandra Senfft
Interviews by Anne Waak

Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin, 2017
Edition of 1,300
Hardcover with thermo-reactive blind embossing
195 x 238mm, 104pp
45 colour photographs
Printed in Germany

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