Irreverent. Only. Capable of everything that is proposed. Inescapable protagonist of Argentine history. Imposing. Hard. tender. Solidarity. overwhelming. provocative. great. Creative. of barricade reflective. sometimes arbitrary. Always thirsty for justice, with a vocation for change. Plebeian matron. Born by her children. Reborn after her disappearance. In all these ways she left Thursday night naming Hebe de Bonafini. It was at the Book Fair, in the packed José Hernández room (plus the people who followed the act from outside, with the doors of the auditorium open). Due to a small health problem, Hebe could not be at the presentation this time The ways of the life, his photographic biography. They talked about this very special book for several reasons Nora Veirasthe director of Page 12, Ulysses Gorinithe author of the texts, Victor Herediawhich also closed the night with “Still Cantamos”, and Michael Rep.who added his live drawings to the talk.
In different ways, the members of the table, and also the public present, sent their love to Hebe, who could not be in the Plaza this Thursday either (although she did speak again, as in the pandemic, from the kitchen of her house of La Plata). “She wanted to be here,” said Nora Veiras. “We love her and always need her”They concluded at the table.
While they were talking, different photos of this Editorial October book were flashing on the screens, which in its high-quality edition highlights unknown material, a large number of photographs of her childhood, of her family, from when Hebe was “Kika.” Also of his children, and already Hebe, of his historical deeds, of the way in which he took his fight to the world.
Hebe, the one with crystal eyes
There was talk of the “self-confidence” of the president of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, of her “mischievous gaze.” “She At first she was a woman with hard glasses, now she is a woman with very watery eyes,” observed Rep.
Veiras recalled the woman capable of “playing a trick” on the judge who ordered her arrest at the beginning of Mauricio Macri’s government; her to go to Mar del Plata, where she was invited to participate in a congress, with that arrest warrant in force; her for refusing to leave the hotel where she was staying in the face of a bomb threat, telling the concierge: “Don’t worry. I’m the bomb.”
The ways of the life
Gorini thanked the October publishing house for the “double courage” of publishing a book that, on the one hand, has a high quality edition (due to its format, size, paper and print quality), capable of highlighting the value of all the photographic material presented there.
“But also for publishing a biography about such a controversial character, who breaks waters in Argentina, in a sense that has nothing to do with ‘the crack’, that concept that obscures because behind it is the defense of the privileges of favored minorities. “explained the writer.
That “watershed” that is Hebe has to do, in Gorini’s words, with the emergence of her figure in the public arena: “Hebe emerges in one of the most dramatic moments in Argentina, denouncing the murderous actions of the dictatorship. An action that was then hidden by important political parties, important social movements. And they, the Mothers, come out, not as a flag of peace, but to to accuse both to that dictatorship and to the system that sustained the dictatorship,” he analyzed.
Among the historical documents that the book also includes, Gorini recalled the observation of an agent of the intelligence services: “She’s not as big as she looks, but her attitude makes her stand out from the crowd”.
Also the way that “Hebe is born Kika”, according to the nickname she had and the way of life she maintained for almost fifty years, an indoor housewife. “When her children disappear, Kika also disappears, her subjectivity, her paradigm, then focuses on the political struggle, on social transformation. Hebe is reborn from Kika’s ashes with impressive vitality“, formulates remembering the phrase with which the Mothers have defined themselves so well: “We are the Mothers given birth by our children”.
we still sing
The end was with the anthem of Víctor Heredia, “We Still Sing”. “I wrote this song with that refrain that my mother had when we still had hopes of finding my sister and her partner alive: ‘we can still find them, still, still,'” the musician recalled. These days, along with other family members, Heredia joined the campaign to ask the judges to allow the witnesses proposed in the oral trial to testify to the task force of the Mercedes Infantry Regiment 6, which also involves the disappearance of his sister and her husband’s.
And there was another emotional ending, that of the people singing: “Mothers of the Plaza, the people embrace you.”