Award for Hannah’s snapshot of history

Launceston Christian School student, Hannah Socorro, 12, won an award for her short story Kon Dytlewski’s Camera. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Launceston Christian School student, Hannah Socorro, 12, won an award for her short story Kon Dytlewski’s Camera. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

A VERY special family story sits in the pages of Hannah Socorro’s short story, Kon Dytlewski’s Camera, which has won an award.

It is the story of her Polish grandfather Kon Dytlewski and his Zeiss Ikon camera, which he gave to Hannah’s mother Tanya, which has been passed down to Hannah.

‘‘It is one of my most treasured stories and I just wanted to share it with other people,’’ Launceston Christian School student Hannah, 12, said.

In just three weeks Hannah wrote and illustrated her book, based on the true stories of her pop, for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra sponsored competition My Story in Pictures and Words.

She is one of six winning entrants who will receive her award in Hobart today at the Pictures at an Exhibition concert.

‘‘The book is about my grandfather who was in the war who was forced by German Nazi’s to drive trucks,’’ Hannah said.

‘‘One day he was driving supplies and bombing started in the area. The German officer who was with him ran off and left this camera behind while my grandfather hid under the truck.

‘‘Once the bombing had stopped the officer did not return and my grandfather took the opportunity and stole the camera.

‘‘The book is recording his memories.’’

Hannah said her grandfather took photos with the camera during World War II, which have not survived, and photos throughout his life.

Mr Dytlewski emigrated to Australia in 1949.

He died this year, aged 90.

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