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[In a way]

Read this article to find out how to buy our first ‘zine’ and support the HSFA.

What is a zine? Zines are limited-edition publications of original and/or appropriated texts and images. Historically, they have provided a sense of community to individuals or groups through the ability to express and pursue common ideas and subjects. For this reason, zines have cultural and academic value as tangible traces of marginal communities, many of which are otherwise little-represented. Zines present groups with an opportunity to voice their opinions, both with other members of their communities or with a larger audience. Because of the history of the HSFA, this medium embodies our community-led focus.

What is the HSFA’s first zine about? In 2018, Tracy Craggs, recorded several interviews with camp and death march survivor Iby Knill, her children, and grandchildren. Each interview is a dialogue between Iby and one of her family members, carefully guided by Tracy’s questions. The space created and captured in these interviews is an intimate one, allowing family members to voice previously unspoken thoughts, questions and experiences.

This zine is a response to these recordings. It is, [in a way] a kind of family portrait – a portrait of a family born in the wake of the Holocaust. The word ‘resilience’ comes up, but so does the word ‘faith’ – faith in the human potential to do good. Along with, a strong sense of justice, and a need to take one’s bearing: to understanding oneself in relation to something bigger, be that a family, nature or humankind.

This work stems from the desire to gain a better understanding of how trauma is passed on through generations, and how the repercussions of the Holocaust stretch into the present, infringing upon the family of survivors more or less existentially.

How do we buy a zine? Our first ‘zines’ [in a way] is now available for purchase and you can choose between two versions:

  1. a limited edition of 50 copies, available for a minimum donation of £15
  2. a limited edition of 10 handmade and hand-sewn copies, available for a minimum donation of £100.
Please note that these are all limited editions. As such, no further prints will ever be produced: when they are gone, they are gone for good! This is a key element of this medium.
The money that we raise from selling the zines goes directly into supporting our work and survivors.
If you would like to purchase a ‘zine’, please follow these steps:
  • Head to our Just Giving page;
  • Insert the amount you wish to donate (see guidance above) and complete the process
  • Send us the receipt at helc@hud.ac.uk with the address where you wish to receive your zine.