Loose Joints Studio

Loose Joints Publishing

“What were my parents doing when they were as old as my son is today? What made them what they are today?” Frederike Helwig's project Kriegskinder is a document of the children who grew up during World War II, 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.

We worked with Frederike to translate her intimate and uncomfortable oral-history project into many forms; a book in English and German, three exhibitions across Germany, and a website.