Congratulations to MAPgroup photographer Helga Leunig who is a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize with her image, Site of the Bonegilla migrant camp.
My mother was born in Germany, and my father in Poland. As refugees in post war Europe they wanted to get as faraway from Europe as possible. My mother never made Australia her home, gradually she lost her mind. My father gave up and died of a broken heart at 59.
I’ll never know exactly what happened to them during the war because they’re both dead now, but I’m trying to understand through the fragments I collect. I know my father was captured by the Nazi’s at fifteen, and didn’t tell his family he married a German. They thought he died during the war.
The children of war-traumatized parents carry the trauma; it’s in our bones, literally in our DNA.