History Lesson

I’m happy, that David Haggard introduced the photographer Charles Gorry (1946, Tokyo, Japan) on his flickr photostream, so I had a better chance to analyse my own life (1946, Wuppertal, Germany).
Both idiotic nations lost the war, they had begun. However, the pathological settings (that had led to the war) did not disappear from the brains exactly on the date of the peace treaty. Japan still stands out because of a frightening over-fitting and unquestioning obedience. In Germany itself fascist thinking has kept in sections of the judiciary, politics – and raising children. Xenophobia or permanent joy of producing military equipment have remained unchanged.
charles gorry
David Haggard comments: “Disabled buses that have littered the streets of Tokyo are used to help relieve the acute housing shortage in the Japanese capital on October 2, 1946. Homeless Japanese who hauled the buses into a vacant lot are converting them into homes for their families. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)”
P.S.: WUPPERTAL: “Disabled buses” were a home 1946 in my German hometown too: and what I’ll never forget: the only woman who fought vs. my adoptive parents (who misused me daily) lived in such a bus. My adoptive father had brought me from an orphanage with the triumphant conviction that I was “unworthy” of life and he could do with me what he wanted. He repeated to me 10 years the ritual corporal punishment, which he had previously experienced in the concentration camps, he was allowed to build as untalented engineer.

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16 responses to “History Lesson

  1. Deep and revealing. Pressing the ‘Like’ button just didn’t seem appropriate. However, I do enjoy reading your blog. Thank you.


    • hi Victoria, I just read your article about “bullies and their bullying behavior” – we say “mobbing” in Europe – for sure an interesting topic – not only in classrooms: adults also are doing their evil job in bureaus, hospitals, military, parliaments etc.


  2. The connection between this specific photo, the history of two nations with an unsettling belligerent past and your own biography is intense. The picture seems to be his most notorious one on the net, but I’d love to discover more photography from Charles Gorry.


  3. Your youth was very sad but You should come clear now with your past, you cannot make it unhappend, You waste a good time with it. The punisment of bad people will come from another institution.
    I hope i do not hurt you with this idea, if it is so forget my words.


    • you don’t hurt me, but nevertheless I believe waiting for punishment by another institution (God?) is nonsense. It’s my destination as a writer to put the focus on the fact that my generation (the 1968s movement) was suffocated and excluded out of the political discussion and certain professional positions from those in schools, politics and justice system, which were of the opinion that German soldier had only done his duty in the 2nd World War and the German people were misled by a single person, Adolf Hitler. No, the German people have loved the elite thinking and xenophobia – and do continue today… – the latest SPIEGEL reports that the justice system still ignores certain victims: sterilisation of “unworthy life”. Unworthy even were children (like me) born outside a marriage, kept in an orphanage…
      DER SPIEGEL Nr. 36, 1.9.2014, p. 40-42, “Ein Stigma, lebenslang”

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  4. Thanks for the history lesson. Never knew this before about those empty buses. Sad to hear about your childhood but you have come triumphant.


  5. Allan G. Smorra

    Thanks for this post, Frizz. The Germanic tendency for Xenophobia and harsh judgement (worthy or unworthy?) seems to run in our DNA (I am speaking here as someone of German descent). The past can be difficult to view and impossible to understand, but we can choose to stop using old patterns and begin new ones, as you have done.


  6. I’m not sure that ‘like’ is what I mean, but very interesting.


  7. I couldn’t click the like button because it’s so sad to read what your adoptive father did to you, but the rest of the story about the bus homes for needing families is very interesting.
    Kind greetings.


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