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My Name is Victoria by Victoria Donda - Introduction and Excerpt

My Name is Victoria by Victoria Donda - Introduction and Excerpt

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Argentina’s coup d’état in 1976 led to one of the bloodiest dictatorships in its history—thirty thousand people were abducted, tortured, and subsequently “disappeared.” And hundreds of babies born to pregnant political prisoners were stolen from their doomed mothers and “given” to families with military ties or who were collaborators of the regime. Analía was one of these children, raised without suspecting that she was adopted. At twenty seven, she learned that her name wasn’t what she believed it to be, that her parents weren’t her real parents, and that the farce conceived by the dictatorship had managed to survive through more than two decades of democracy.
In My Name is Victoria, it is no longer Analía, but Victoria who tells us her story, in her own words: the life of a young and thriving middleclass woman from the outskirts of Buenos Aires with strong political convictions. Growing up, she thought she was the black sheep of the family with ideas diametrically opposed to her parents’. It wasn’t until she discovered the truth about her origins and the shocking revelation of her uncle’s involvement in her parents’ murder and in her kidnapping and adoption that she was able to fully embrace her legacy. Today, as the youngest member of congress in Argentina, she has reclaimed her identity and her real name: Victoria Donda. This is Victoria’s story, from the moment her parents were abducted to the day she was elected to parliament.
Argentina’s coup d’état in 1976 led to one of the bloodiest dictatorships in its history—thirty thousand people were abducted, tortured, and subsequently “disappeared.” And hundreds of babies born to pregnant political prisoners were stolen from their doomed mothers and “given” to families with military ties or who were collaborators of the regime. Analía was one of these children, raised without suspecting that she was adopted. At twenty seven, she learned that her name wasn’t what she believed it to be, that her parents weren’t her real parents, and that the farce conceived by the dictatorship had managed to survive through more than two decades of democracy.
In My Name is Victoria, it is no longer Analía, but Victoria who tells us her story, in her own words: the life of a young and thriving middleclass woman from the outskirts of Buenos Aires with strong political convictions. Growing up, she thought she was the black sheep of the family with ideas diametrically opposed to her parents’. It wasn’t until she discovered the truth about her origins and the shocking revelation of her uncle’s involvement in her parents’ murder and in her kidnapping and adoption that she was able to fully embrace her legacy. Today, as the youngest member of congress in Argentina, she has reclaimed her identity and her real name: Victoria Donda. This is Victoria’s story, from the moment her parents were abducted to the day she was elected to parliament.

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Copyright © 2010 Éditions Robert Lafont, ParisOriginally published in Spanish as
 Mi nombre es Victoria
 by Editorial Sudamericana, S.A., 2009.ranslation copyright © 2010 Magda BoginForeword copyright © 2009 Alberto Manguelc/o Guillermo Schavelson & Asociados, Agencia Literaria, www.schavelzon.comAerword copyright © 2011 Pablo A. PozziProduction Editor:
Yvonne E. Cárdenas
Book design:
Simon M. Sullivan
Tis book was set in 11.75 pt Garamond by Alpha Design & Compositiono Pittseld, NH.10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1All rights reserved. No part o this publication may be reproduced ortransmitted in any orm or by any means, electronic or mechanical,including photocopying, recording, or by any inormation storage andretrieval system, without written permission rom Other Press LLC,except in the case o brie quotations in reviews or inclusion in amagazine, newspaper, or broadcast. Printed in the United States o America on acid-ree paper. For inormation write to Other Press LLC,
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Park Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10016.Or visit our Web site: www.otherpress.comL  C C--P DDonda, Victoria.[Mi nombre es Victoria. English]My name is Victoria : the extraordinary story o one womans struggle toreclaim her true identity / by Victoria Donda ; translated by Magda Bogin ;[oreword by Alberto Manguel ; aerword by Pablo A. Pozzi]. p. cm.“Originally published in Spanish as Mi nombre es Victoria by EditorialSudamericana, S.A., 2009.”ISBN 978-1-59051-404-7 (trade pbk. original) — ISBN 978-1-59051-405-4 (e-book) 1. Donda, Victoria. 2. Children o disappeared persons—Argentina—Biography. I. Bogin, Magda. II. itle.HV6322.3.A7D6613 2010362.87—dc22[B]2010040657
 
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I should clarify to the reader that Argentina is a country  where, after thirty-ve years, we have just recently been ableto start trying those responsible for State-sanctioned ter-rorism and hold them legally accountable. Until 2003, theocial authorities who were accessory to the dictatorship’sactions were able to achieve a legal standard that legitimizeda system of impunity. Tis is why we have just scratchedthe surface: there is so much more beyond the evidence ob-tained and the testimonies given by the survivors and thefamilies of the victims. Even so, guilty verdicts have not beenreturned in most court cases.I have no doubts about the events I relate in the followingaccount. Te accusations I make of crimes committed by my uncle and others are based upon testimonies of people whoI believe are reliable (my uncle has denied the charges). It’s just that justice is yet to be served in Argentina.I want to thank all the men and women who, coura-geously and despite so many years of lack of accountability,have never stopped ghting against this injustice.

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