Theresienstadt

October 21st, 2017

Nagasaki

October 14th, 2017

March of the Roses…..

October 12th, 2017


Isao Yoshida

October 10th, 2017

..Nagasaki.. “There is nothing more cruel and tragic as war. There is nothing more precious and noble as peace.”
-Isao Yoshida, Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor

Once again sad news has arrived from Nagasaki, Mr. Isao Yoshida, an hibakusha (atomic bomb) survivor who I photographed in December has passed away. He was one of the youngest hibakusha I have photographed. For many years he participated in scheduled gatherings at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park to victims of the atomic bomb.
His quotation above shine with truth. These 18 powerful words are what I will always remember about Mr. Yoshida. It would be nice if we had more people in power who could comprehend. But I believe these 18 simple words are above their moral compasses.

Günther Kannegießer

October 5th, 2017

..October 2017.. ..Dresden..

“We went down to the cellar with a candle” -Günther Kannegießer

This morning I received the sad news that Günther Kannegießer passed away at the age of 87. Mr. Kannegießer was one of the first war survivors I photographed from Dresden.

He became a good friend and I’ll miss him. I can’t thank him enough for his honesty.
He taught me a lot about Dresden, not only about the firebombings that destroyed the city. He emphasized the years prior and brought me to places like the former location of Hellerberg Camp which was a labor camp in Dresden where Jewish families were forced to live prior to being deported. It was places like this which have been swept over by the waves of time and a blind eye to the ugliness of history that Mr. Kannegießer emphasized.

I don’t know many who handled a tough life as he did. Günther was 14 years old at the time of the fire bombings and lost his mother and siblings. The experience he had was brutal but he never let that stop his passion for seeing benevolence in people.
He found ways to endure situations no one should ever experience. I grew as a person because of our friendship. You will always be missed.

Theresienstadt

September 30th, 2017

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Fragile

September 29th, 2017

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Fragile

September 28th, 2017

Fragile

September 25th, 2017

Reiko Yamada

September 24th, 2017

Atomic bomb survivor Mrs. Reiko Yamada.

“I looked up and saw the silver-shining B29 plane flying high in the blue sky, drawing a white arc with its vapor trail. ‘That’s pretty,’ I thought. The next moment I felt a white flash. As I began to rush for an air-raid shelter, the hot sand from the sandbox blew strong against my back and pushed me down on the ground.”

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