Frederika Goldberger, Super Mamika, Turns Old Age into a Super Power [Gallery]

Photographer Sacha Goldberger has found a novel way to keep his 94-year-old grandmother occupied and entertained – by dressing her up as a superhero alter-ego ‘Super Mamika’.

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It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s super Grandma! Meet Mamika. She may not be fast like light speed or more powerful than a locomotive, but this grandma is definitely a superhero.

Frederika Goldberger, a sprightly 94-year-old French woman, may look like a little old lady, but just wait until you meet her alter ego, a super senior citizen who goes by the nickname Mamika.

All she needs is a cape and spandex suit to become superhero alter-ego ‘Super Mamika’. Frederika Goldberger is a hero, having saved lives during World War II.

Actually long before she posed for the camera, Frederika was a real hero. She was born a baroness into a wealthly Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary; she was forced into hiding during World War II.

Later, Frederika and her husband would risk their lives to help hide others from the Nazis – by the end of the war her efforts had saved 10 people. Frederika later relocated to France where she raised her family.

The nickname “Mamika” comes from the Hungarian language, which translates to “my little grandma.

When Frederika retired in her early 80s, retirement left her bored and a bit unhappy. That’s why her grandson Sacha Goldberger, photographer, 41, had the idea four years ago after his Hungarian-born grandmother became lonely and started to show signs of depression.

The Telegraph says, though she was a little reluctant to start with, but the she became extremely excited and happy about and soon warmed to the idea of her new role as a super-gran. The first pictures taken were of her wearing a red helmet with a white star on it.

The photos are created using a mix of real-life studio techniques and computer wizardry.

Sacha shot his grandmother in a series of superhero poses: lifting a car to free a trapped dog; flying through the air; or posing as a 40’s-style pin-up model in cape, helmet, and leg warmers.

Now on the regular basis she contributes ideas for the photo shoots and enjoys interacting with all of the stylists and assistants who are on scene.

Since then, she’s been photographed scaling buildings, riding on the wing of a plane and speeding along in her ‘Grandma Mobile’.

Sacha said: “It started as a way for us to spend time together. We have always been very close and she would often stay with me. I was wondering how to find a way to be with her and make her happy.”

“I always loved comics and I wanted to show what could happen to the superheroes when they are old,” Sacha Goldberger told Today. “Superman and Wonder Woman, they’re all young. I wondered what they would be like when they got older.”

Sacha Goldberger’s first book with her, “Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother,” was published in April. In France, at the Gallery Sakura a lovely duet had an exhibition. Also there are expected further exhibitions in Vienna and possibly even in UK and the U.S.

“The pictures gave her something to do again and helped give her more self-confidence again,” Sasha Goldberger said. “It’s a love story. Before I made the pictures, I wanted everyone to know her — she’s incredible.”

He added: “Before, I’d see pictures of older people and they always looked sad. I wanted to show that you can be old and still have a sense of humor and be fun.”

Sacha has been approached by Hollywood directors to discuss making a movie about ‘Super Mamika.’

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