La noche de Tlatelolco. Testimonios de historia oral

La noche de Tlatelolco. Testimonios de historia oral[Ebook] ➡ La noche de Tlatelolco. Testimonios de historia oral ➧ Elena Poniatowska – In this thought provoking account of the Tlatelolco massacre Elena Poniatowska re creates and recollects in this book the events leading up to during and after the massacre of civilians in the Plaza d In this thought provoking account of de Tlatelolco. eBook ✓ the Tlatelolco massacre Elena Poniatowska re creates and recollects in this book the events leading up to during and after the massacre La noche PDF or of civilians in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas Mexico City in October . Oct 24 I have to sort out my notes and my thoughts This was a devastating book for me Review asapOct 29 First apologies for not writing my review in Spanish I read the Spanish language edition of this book but I need to talk about it in English And I barely have the words in that languageThis video is a clip from a 2008 documentary which talks about Oct 2 1968 This part has been subtitled in English; there are some graphic scenes towards the end but I think it is important to watch Please spare a few minutes for it I am going to uote the wiki article on our author Elena Poniatowska It also is worth a minute of your time Her major investigative works include La noche de Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico 1971 Fuerte es el silencio Strong is Silence 1975 and Nada nadie Las voces del temblor Nothing No one The Voices of the Earthuake 1988 The best known of these is La noche de Tlatelolco about the 1968 repression of student protests in Mexico City She found out about the massacre on the evening of October 2 1968 when her son was only four months old Afterwards Poniatowska went out on the streets in the neighborhood and began interviewing people while there was still blood on the streets and shoes strewn about and women searching for the children who had not come home The book contains interviews with informants eyewitnesses former prisoners which are interspersed with poems by Octavio Paz and Rosario Castellanos excerpts from pre Hispanic texts and newspaper as well as political slogans Massacre in Mexico was the only book published on the subject for twenty years contradicting the government's account of the events and the number dead The government offered her the Xavier Villaurrutia Award in 1970 for the work but she refused itThe book is a compilation of the words of many people Student movement leaders teachers students workers housewives soldiers reporters witnesses uite a few of the people in the video clip have their thoughts in these pages Poniatowska found them in prison Ana Ignacia Rodriguez known as Nacha is the woman who swears in the video that she will never forgive the government That documentary was made in 2008 I wonder if she is still alive and can feel the change brought in by AMLO I hope she and the other survivors now have hope for the countryI had to stop many times while reading because it was just so painful The back cover of my edition says that this book should be heard not merely read It is true The words are like screams in the night shocked thoughts coming from a nightmare They made me cry than once and I cannot watch that video clip without the tears coming The first half of the book sets the scene the reader lives through the marches held before October 2 including the government takeover of one of the schools You can see the tension building so by the time you reach the second part of the book in a way you are ready for the chaos Certainly ready then the participants themselves were You live through that night with them and it was terribleThey were caught in a trap with no escape There were snipers in various buildings and these snipers were the first to shoot Who were they? In the book we do not know but in the full documentary it is shown that the snipers were government agents with orders to go in and start shooting in order to trigger the results that the government wanted And those men with the white gloves in the video? They also were agents Infiltrators who mixed with the students supposedly students themselves but when the shooting started they put on their white gloves so soldiers would know not to shoot them They were responsible for turning many students over to the army for beatings torture and imprisonmentI spoke a lot with my husband about this book I was only ten years old at the time and all I remember about 1968 in Mexico is the Olympics The government thought the students would disrupt the Games but any time the students mentioned the Olympics in Poniatowska's book they said they had never planned to interfere in any way with the Games even though part of their indignation was the amount of money spent on the preparation for the spectacle rather than being used for the benefit of the Mexican people There was a special 'Olympic Battalion' that was responsible for security during the Games They were the most violent of all the soldiers and police that were involved with October 2 the most eager during the tortures that came afterwardsMy husband was 12 years old at the time but he had told me that he went to marches with an older cousin He was supposed to go to Tlatelolco but he had a big test the next day so he stayed home His cousin went but early on got a bad feeling about the situation something told him to leave so he did before the shooting started I asked Marco if there were still marches after this date and he said yes they went on until the early 70's and that he himself had a few close escapes from soldiers and police He laughs now when he says he is lucky he was such a small guy he and a few others could slip out the windows of the buses and get away running like the wind so the soldiers wouldn't catch him Some were not so agile or fast and he never saw a few of his schoolmates againThere is one entry in the book which says that the summer of 1968 created a new group of revolutionaries because so many of the marchers had children with them cousins brothers sisters sons and daughters These youngsters saw what happened and would never forget how their government turned on the people Marco himself says that the summer of 1968 was the moment that he grew up and became aware of the issues swirling around him There must have been so many others that grew up in the same way that summer But what a sad coming of age to experience I suppose this book would be just as moving in English but if you can read and understand Spanish at all please read La Noche de Tlatelolco in its original language We owe it to the lost ones to hear the actual words of the survivors And to try to make sure that such a tragedy never happens again In any country On October 2 1968 just ten days before the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Mexico City soldiers opened fire on a demonstration of some 10000 students at the Plaza of the Three Cultures in Tlatelolco in the heart of the city At least forty four people were killed the actual number has never been determined and hundreds wounded Thousands were detained and over 1200 arrested some to be imprisoned for days and months without trialThe massacre exposed the enormous rift between the government ruled by the Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI for forty years and Mexico’s youth The government which was so anxious to portray Mexico under its leadership as an emerging industrial democracy instead revealed to the world its own dark corrupted soulJournalist Elena Poniatowska understood the significance of the tragedy and uickly went to work collecting the testimony of people who were there In her 1971 book La Noche de Tlatelolco in English retitled Massacre in Mexico she weaves together hundreds of eye witness accounts to create a tapestry of horror Government documents released in 2001 would corroborate much of what Poniatowska described that army snipers on rooftops began shooting into the crowd on a pre arranged signal Worse they showed complicity for the order to fire at the highest echelons of the governmentThe accounts of the massacre occupy the second part of her incredible book The longer first section uses the same narrative techniue to explore the origins of the student movement Like a documentary filmmaker Poniatowska interweaves individual narratives to create a larger complex and heart rending collage She records the distinctive voices and their amazing stories without editorializing By letting the voices speak for themselves she captures the movement’s optimism idealism and naiveté as well as the manipulations of some of its leaders and the consternation it created among the older generationThis is oral history at its finest and most powerful When the backcover says this will be a book that will be heard rather than read it means it I had to put this down on than one ocassion because the anger and disbelief i felt while reading this would get to be too much I cannot believe this actually happened of course i knew that this movement had happened and that it had had a terrible ending but it was reading the testimones of this people the details of what the authority did that really resonated with me All i can say is that the students and youth that were involved in this movement deserve to never be forgotten to always be remembered for their strenght their ideas their dream to make of méxico a country were everyone's rights were respected and i can only dream like them that this will one day be true An extraordinary and heart wrenching collection of voices from those that lived through the night of October 2 1968 in Tlatelolco Modern Mexican history at its best telling at its worst shame This book is a must read for anyone seeking insight into the modern Mexican soul; the events of this night have shaped not just every Mexican whether we were alive at the time or not I wasn't but the whole country and its psyche made up entirely of uotes from people who participated in the events that day this is a dizzying account of the events that led to the tlatelolco massacre on october 2 1968 as well as some of the events that happened after it's a shocking account of one instance of repression in mexico but a necessary read for those who want learn about the country's history for my graduate research human rights in latin american literature class a supremely interesting book to study i could write about 80 different papers on this and not exhaust the interpretive possibilities by half but i can't say that i enjoyed it and not because the subject matter is difficult i've read many books about difficult historical events massacre in mexico la noche de tlatelolco in the original spanish version weaves a telling of the events of a student led demonstration turned military siege by means of a collage of interviews conducted by the author primarily with students but also with community members and a handful of official sources lots of newspaper clippings as well the project just rubs me the wrong way the techniue seems gimmicky and egotistical to me i would rather have concentrated on the story and been able to go back to authorial intervention as an afterthought instead i spent the entire time analysing poniatowska's decisions and very little time thinking about the content for me this was an ineffective and distracting set up perhaps a good idea taken too far and i'm disappointed because i find the source material compelling if you're looking for straight up non fiction this isn't uite that at least i can say this will encourage me to dig into 20th century mexican history Elena Poniatowska re creates and recollects in this book the events leading up to during and after the massacre of civilians in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas Mexico City in October 1968 Divided into three parts Poniatowska's book provides a fascinating insight into the general mood in Mexico City at the time The author conducts a range of interviews with the students involved in the demonstrations and with their families and friends both before and after the event Their voices are heard in the form of stories which tell the tale of Tlatelolco Doctors nurses residents of the Plaza where the killing took place servicemen and soldiers all bear witness to an event which has up until recently been obscured in Mexican history books A compelling read Harrowing oral history of the events leading up to and following the massacre of a never to be known number of Mexican students and protestors in 1968 Poniatowska interviewed hundreds of participants and assembles a montage with public statements banners etc to demonstrate how a movement that challenged fundamental elements of Mexico's self mythology the state as embodiment of benevolent patriarchal power most importantly unfolded into one of the bloodiest moments in a very bloody year It's particularly striking what a central role women played in the events Nothing is riveting and jaw dropping than Elena's ability to allow the survivors of the massacre tell their story Her journalistic account is intertwined with their testimony's giving you a gut wrenching perspective of the fear the doubts as well as the hope for those that marched and stood up against an oppressive government The book is a testimony of the betrayal of a government that looked to silence its people by killing them A gut wrenching account of those personally involved and what transpired before during and after one of Mexico's most bloodiest days The governments blatant guilt is palpable and all I could think of as I read the accounts were the scores of young people that were killed because they wanted a better life My own cousin was visiting relatives that day in Mexico City when she saw people running down the street fearing for their lives She was told to leave right away as being a student was not safe any Imagine that To be a student was to be the enemy of the government Elena's multiple voices from parents students police officers and professors to scores of other witnesses that day is a true testament of her ability as a journalist and voice of the Mexican people Maybe you need to be interested in Mexican culture to enjoy this as much as I did BUT I think that even for someone who doesn't care much about Mexico specifically this book has a lot to offer It is a well organized collection of stories told by observers and those involved in the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968 Set right before the Olympic games with communist students protesting riot police and treatment of political prisoners among other things this collection of stories tells what happened when the army massacred students and onlookers during a protest I saw many links to life in America right now students killed a government against criticism Olympics Not only was the story itself very sad but the way the individual accounts were woven together was very dramatic and turned all the testimonies into a coherent and exciting book

La noche de Tlatelolco. Testimonios de historia oral ePUB
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • La noche de Tlatelolco. Testimonios de historia oral
  • Elena Poniatowska
  • Spanish
  • 09 February 2015
  • 9789684112209