1. Klagenfurter Viktor Frankl Lesung

Montag, 14.10.2019, 18:00
Kaufmanngasse 8
9020 Klagenfurt


Die rote Masche
Annika Tetzner

Ein Shoahbuch für Kinder & Erwachsene

Rezension: Die rote Masche

Annika Tetzner

Annika Tetzner is a Czech-born artist and writer residing in Israel. Her ancestors were from Teplice. Annika is the only surviving member of the family residing in Europe during the Second World War. She is a child survivor of Terezin, Birkenau and Mauthausen. The majority of Annika’s work is rendered in acrylic paint on canvas, but she also uses charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, collage, and gold leaf. A major exhibition under the title “The Valley of Death,” was shown for three and a half years in the Chamber of the Holocaust, Mt. Zion, Jerusalem. Several later works, also included in this exhibition, were on display for a month at Neveh Shalom Synagogue in Portland, Oregon. Her original illustrations for her children’s books, entitled “The Red Ribbon,” were displayed at the Jewish Museum in Prague on occasion of the publication of the book in English through Portal Press. Her art can be found in private collections in the United States, the Netherlands, Norway and Israel, as well as some government offices in both continents.

“I was born in Praha as the youngest child in a Jewish family. My mother's family was Czech, my father's Austrian. The family was deported in August 1942 to Theresienstadt Ghetto in Czechoslovakia. In October 1944, most of the family was deported to Birkenau. I was the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust. After some years in Displaced Persons camps in Germany, I was sent to Norway where I grew up in a foster family. After finishing school, and a period of working, I spent a year in Israel. Returning to Norway, I married and together my husband and I raised five children. After my husband passed away, I completed my University degrees. Finally, in 1991, I returned to Israel and settled in Jerusalem Most of my years here, I have been writing books both for children and adults, mostly about the Holocaust.

I cannot remember exactly when I understood what it meant to be born a Jew. That most of what happened to me was because I was a Jew. In the same way, I cannot remember exactly the day I understood that the small shapes on paper was a language to be understood. That it was letters so neatly lined up on the white paper and kept between two covers, just like the Jews in ghetto and Lager. To be able to read and write has always been a sort of mystery to me. But deep inside, I have always recognized the power of knowing to read and write and it has become as important to me as life itself. A burden often, but also a source of joy. The search for answers has been like stumbling along a unknown uphill road. But as time has passed, the road itself became the answer. It has become important to make clear that the children of Holocaust were more than just numbers and statistics. We were ordinary children with the same dreams and hopes as children today.”

David Guttmann, PhD

David Guttmann, PhD, is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa, Israel.

He co-directed the Center for the Study of Aging at the School of Social Service at Catholic University of America and served as its Assistant Dean and Chairman of the Masters' Program. In 1981 he organized two White House Conferences on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland and in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2003, Professor Guttmann received the Grand Award of the Viktor Frankl Fond of the City of Vienna for lifetime achievements in logotherapy.

In 2012 he was chosen as one of "Fifty Heroes of Social Justice" by the University of Maryland's School of Social Work. In 2014 he became a lifelong “Honorary Member” of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.

He was awarded an honorary professorship by the Institute of Psychoanalysis in Moscow in 2015 and the titles of Honorary Professor and Doctor of Psychology by Turan University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 2017. Professor Guttmann authored, co-authored and edited more than 20 books on aging, social work and ethics, and translated into Hebrew six books on logotherapy, among them Viktor Frankl's "The Doctor and the Soul" and "Recollections". He has been engaged in practice, research, teaching, training and consultation in social work and logotherapy since 1982 and has published over eighty articles in professional journals. His book "Ethics in Social Work – A Context of Caring" has been published in Chinese in 2011 by Pro-Ed Publishing Company in Taiwan. His book: "Logotherapy for the Helping Professional - Meaningful Social Work (2008) was also published in Hebrew, Russian and Spanish. His second book on logotherapy: "Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond - Wisdom and Spirit from Logotherapy" was translated into Iranian and published by Shiraz University in 2016 and into Russian, where it was presented at the 4th World Congress of Logotherapy in Moscow in September 2018. With Alexander Batthyany he wrote the first research bibliography on Logotherapy, “Empirical Research in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis” His biography „Schwierige Heimkehr“ was published in 1997, the English translation „Homecoming“ in 2015.