Nomination: My Name is Victoria: The Extraordinary Story of one Woman’s Struggle to Reclaim her True Identity

Donda, Victoria (author), Magda Bollin (translator). My Name is Victoria: The Extraordinary Story of one Woman’s Struggle to Reclaim her True Identity. 2011. 272p. Other Press, $15.95 (978-1-590-51404-7). Gr.10-up.

Argentinian social activist Victoria Donda was twenty-seven when she found out that the people who raised her were not her actual parents. In fact, her real parents were desaparecidos (“disappeared”),  political prisoners who were tortured and killed by the  military dictatorship in Argentina between 1976-1983. Donda’s memoir details the legacy of her biological parents’ activism, and how that activism shaped her own social/political work. Donda is currently the youngest member of the Argentine Congress.

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