Wednesday, October 28, 2020

oh right, I need a blog post today!

 I forgot to write a post for today.

so how about this instead:


Danuta Danielsson, Jewish woman whose mother survived Auschwitz, hitting a neo-Nazi with her handbag, Vaxjo, Sweden, 1985.




Statue designed by Susanna Arwin was never erected due to fears re promoting violence. Resulting protests saw handbags added to statues.

 

 

 Source: @WomensArt

 

19 comments:

Timothy Lowe said...

This might be the most fantastic thing I've ever seen.

KMK said...

Just the terrific story we need right now. Thank you for sharing it!

Mister Furkles said...

Imagine, the Vikings decedents decry violence. And considering NAZIs, hitting one with a handbag hardly seems violent enough.

Brenda Buchanan said...

This made my morning. Thanks, Janet!

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Never underestimate the power of a woman with a handbag and a righteous heart.

Thirty-five years later, (thanks to this awesome post), she's still swinging.

Theresa said...

I love art.

Claire Bobrow said...

That's quite a handbag!

Kaye George said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for the post, and I thank her for her courage.

Fearless Reider said...

In my MG WIP, three girls confront neo-Nazis in their small town (regrettably, not with their handbags). When I shared my MS with a group of high school beta readers, the feedback was very encouraging except for 1) the boy who questioned whether my portrayal of neo-Nazis was fair, and 2) the girl who lamented that one of them met an unhappy end, because she "kind of liked him." So I simultaneously made my neo-Nazis too sympathetic and not sympathetic enough ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

tsquared said...

As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I thank you.


Adele said...

I love this photo; it holds so many storylines. Sudden outrage from the meek. The ardent boy becoming the proud neo-nazi. The bystanders, the police.

I hoped the statue was eventually erected somewhere, and I looked up the sculptor. Susanna Arwin has done quite a few "aunties" as she calls them, though not in action; just standing there looking meek with a handbag.

Lennon Faris said...

Wow, what a great photo. Her expression.

I don't like violence either but smacking someone like this with a handbag seems very appropriate to me. Maybe it will knock some sense into the guy.

Barbara Etlin said...

Thanks for this!

glevin said...

You've inspired ME to try forgetting I have a blog post to write and coming up with something on the fly. This was perfection.

Unknown said...

I love it!

miriam said...

As someone who lost family members in the Holocaust, this post is just what I needed today to give me a bit of hope! Thanks, Janet!

Craig F said...

Too bad she didn't have brick in her purse. The guy she hit, Seppo Seluski, was later executed for the torture and murder of a gay Jewish person.

Craig F said...

Seluska, sorry, got keep the names of the bad guys correct.

KDJames said...

I love that pic. Didn't know until now that it's 35 years old.

When I first saw it several months ago, I assumed it was relatively current. It's heartening to know that rage resonates still and lives on deep inside us. And so discouraging that it needs to.