Robert Capa: Background information when reading The Fountains of Silence

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The Fountains of Silence

by Ruta Sepetys

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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
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    Oct 2019, 512 pages
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Robert Capa

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Black and white photo of troops storming the beach at Normandy by Robert CapaIn The Fountains of Silence, Daniel is a budding photojournalist who admires the work of Robert Capa.  Capa, born Endre Erno Friedmann in Hungary, experienced first-hand the rise of Hitler and Nazism. After studying photography in Paris and meeting kindred spirit Gerda Pohorylle (better known by her pseudonym Gerda Taro), he emigrated to the United States and changed his name to Robert Capa. For a while, Capa and Taro produced photographs together under his name, but Taro eventually wanted individual credit for her work. In his short lifetime (he died at age 40), Capa revolutionized wartime photography. He was the only civilian photographer at Omaha Beach on D-Day; some of the most iconic pictures of that event were shot by him, and he was awarded the Medal of Freedom for his coverage of World War II by Eisenhower in 1947. 

Black and white photo of Gerda Taro and Robert CapaCapa covered other wars as well, including the Spanish Civil War. Lasting from 1936 to 1939, that precursor to World War II was fought between left-...

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