Ingeborg Kleinberg [1980] A

Biography

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I am the second child of my single, underage mother

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At age six I am my stepfather’s scapegoat and he starts to abuse me

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At age twelve an unsuccessful attempt is made by my brother to report the fact that I am being abused to the police

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At age thirteen I fall in love with my boyfriend

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At age thirteen I hang out with older kids, start smoking hash and drinking alcohol

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At age fourteen I use cocaine and other drugs for the first time

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At age fourteen I am admitted to hospital and given treatment for months because my kidneys

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At age fourteen my boyfriend starts using drugs

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At age sixteen my mother decides that my child must be aborted

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At age seventeen my boyfriend kills himself with a pump-action gun

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At age seventeen I lose my mother and my faith in life

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After my boyfriend’s death I try to kill myself in any way I can find, and my grandmother suffers from my misery

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At age seventeen I have myself put on morphine at the same as taking methadone illegally

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At age eighteen I live in isolation and depression and spend the nights on my lover’s grave

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At age nineteen I am diagnosed as having cirrhosis of the liver and given treatment

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At age twenty I am committed to a psychiatric clinic and after two months I try to escape by making fresh suicide attempts

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At age twenty I am convicted of a violent offence and given a prison sentence; I refuse the treatment imposed

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At age twenty-one I leave forced treatment, am clean for four months and after a relapse have myself put on methadone

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At age twenty-two I no longer resist getting into a new relationship with a man

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At age twenty-four I am happy with the birth of our daughter, three days later I am put in prison and given psychiatric treatment

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At age twenty-four my child has disappeared and I discover that the Child Protection Service has placed her with a foster-mother

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At age twenty-seven I hope to put my past and my isolation behind me

From a dialogue with the participant and with the aid of the matrix a biography of basic facts is developed, which portrays the person’s life as a sequence of events and decisions, of acts and reactions.

The texts of the biographies are spoken by the participants themselves, and recorded for the audio modules of the Baby Dolls and the project’s audio archive.