Rescatando Nuestra Memoria: Represión, Refugio y Recuperación de las Poblaciones Desarraigadas por la Violencia en Guatemala

Recovering Our Historical Memory: Repression, Refuge and Healing Experienced by Populations Uprooted by the Violence in Guatemala

CRLN received the following note from photographer Jonathan Moller.  He is working to make it possible to distribute his work in Guatemala, to aid in the process of memory and recovery and is asking for our assistance.

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


I am pleased to announce the release of my new book:

Rescatando Nuestra Memoria: Represión, Refugio y Recuperación de las Poblaciones Desarraigadas por la Violencia en Guatemala

(Recovering Our Historical Memory: Repression, Refuge and Healing Experienced by Populations Uprooted by the Violence in Guatemala)

 

This photography based book is primarily an educational publication in Spanish about Guatemalan populations displaced by the internal armed conflict.  This book is part of a much larger movement toward memory and healing for people who were uprooted by the violence.  Through a network of Guatemalan and international NGOs, institutions, universities, and foundations, as well as several Guatemalan governmental offices, 19,000 soft cover copies of this book are being distributed for free in Guatemala to high schools, universities, libraries, communities and NGOs. There will also be a CD version and an accompanying guide for teachers.

 

A hard back version of the book will also be distributed and sold throughout the Americas (and for sale in the US). If you are aware of NGOs or book stores in Latin America and Spain that would be interested in distributing and selling this book, please send an email to: informacion@fygeditores.com, and copy me at jonas@igc.org

 

Here is a link to the publisher’s site on the book: http://www.fygeditores.com/FGRNM9789993995142.htm

 

By purchasing this book—either the soft or hard cover edition—you help support the free distribution process in Guatemala as well as the production and printing of the CD version.  Please share this information with others, by forwarding this email to your contacts and list serves.

 

Soft cover: $18/book ($10 goes to Guatemala to subsidize the distribution process and the printing of the CD, and $10 to offset the cost of printing the book) + $2 shipping = $20/book

 

Bulk/Consignment: Five or more copies @ $13/book + $5 to $10 shipping (for entire box).  50% of this price supports the distribution process in Guatemala and the CD production.)  By re-selling the books at $20 apiece, your organization can earn $5 per book.

 

Hard cover: $32/book ($16 goes to Guatemala to subsidize the distribution process and the printing of the CD, and $16 to offset the cost of printing the book) + $3 shipping = $35/book

 

To order either book, single copies, bulk or consignment, please contact Chris Cottle at cottle.christopher@gmail.com. Please make checks made out to “Jonathan Moller” and mail to:

Chris Cottle
185 West Archer Place
Denver CO 80223
 

Endorsements


These testimonies and photographs incarnate memory, and they are impossible to forget.  Then how can Guatemala forget? Some people say it’s better to forget, but, it’s obvious: forgetting is darkness, and memory is light.  Without light, you can’t find where you are going.  Memory shows the way ahead. Guatemala won’t forget, especially with the help of projects like this one, which help light the paths to the other side of darkness.  Francisco Goldman
It was the worst massacre since the times of the Conquest in the 16th century.  It happened just twenty five years ago, but the world, blinded by racism, never knew.This book recovers that recent history.  In words and images, it narrates the death and resurrection of the indigenous peoples of Guatemala.   Eduardo Galeano
The terrible fate of the Maya of Guatemala is one of the great crimes of the 20th century.  The veil of silence that has been spread over it compounds the crimes.  For Guatemala it is an urgent necessity that the reality be fully revealed.  And given the shocking and decisive US role in the hideous events in Guatemala, the truth must become part of historical consciousness and memory if we are to hope to be a civilized society.   This remarkable "recovery of historical memory" can be an essential guide to achieving these crucial goals.  Noam Chomsky

 

If you are also interested in purchasing a copy of my first book,


Our Culture is Our Resistance
Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala

Please contact me at jonas@igc.org or jonathanmoller@hotmail.com.  
English or Spanish language edition: $35 + $3 shipping = $38/book (reduced from $45/$48)

For details about the book, please visit the following websites: http://www.jonathanmoller.com/aboutbook.htm,   http://www.powerhousebooks.com/book/125  
Attached is a Jpeg of the cover.

The Spanish language edition is published by Turner Libros, Mexico & Madrid:  www.turnerlibros.com

A third of the profits from sales are donated to the Association for Justice and Reconciliation in Guatemala.

Endorsements for this book:

 

With his photographs, Jonathan Moller reminds the present generation of the extreme wave of brutality that engulfed the people of Guatemala twenty years ago. Because of my Latin-American heritage, my blood turns to ice when I see these images. They speak of the horrors faced by my fellow Latin Americans in countries dominated by the externally imposed national security doctrine.  Moller's photographs should be shown and debated in all schools and universities to teach tolerance and compassion to those who will hold power in the future.  Sebastião Salgado

 

…To ensure that the genocide will never be forgotten and that the perpetrators be brought to judgment and punished some day, the content of this book becomes a chapter in the collective memory of a history that has been officially denied.  In the official chronicles, the events captured by Jonathan Moller’s camera never occurred.  There was no scorched earth, no massacres, no body dumps and no genocide.  But the bones of the dead prove the opposite.  The bones of the dead don’t lie.  Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Laureate


Finally, I’d like to remind you that I have two different TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS with copies available for display on a not-for-profit basis in the US, Latin America and Europe.  Here are the details:  

Our Culture is Our Resistance
Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala


44  black and white images from my first book.
http://www.jonathanmoller.com/portfolio1.htm#


Refugees Even After Death
A Quest for Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation


40 color images documenting exhumations of clandestine cemeteries in Guatemala and the related community process.
http://www.jonathanmoller.com/portfolio2.htm


Both of these exhibitions are framed, crated, and ready to hang. Please contact me for more information.

Jonathan “Jonás” Moller
jonas@igc.org, jonathanmoller@hotmail.com

Many thanks for your interest, and for your support for peace, reconciliation, justice, and memory in Guatemala.

www.jonathanmoller.com