Feeling my way for signatures under each painting of the collection I had patiently studied, I learnt more about 'The fighters on the cultural front' of those days.
There was the great master painter, To Ngoc Van who laid down his life for the country on the battle field of Dien Bien Phu.
There were numerous unsung heroes who left their bodies on the fire and sword of the Truong Son mountains (known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail) and those that died whilst climbing precariously high to hang posters to encourage the population to join the struggle or to persuade the enemy soldiers to surrender, as with Mai Van Hien's posters at Dien Bien Phu.
The more I studied these people and their stories, the more I realized how great was the love in their hearts for their country and their fellow countrymen ? how great they were!
Back to the search for personal histories of the painters listed in the Dogma Collection. With the liaison skills of the former Dien Bien Phu fighter and artist, Colonel Pham Thanh Tam, everything fell into place as if in a dream... From Saigon, we arrived in the capitol, Hanoi, in the blink of an eye, and the first person I interviewed was Professor Nguyen Thu, former dean of the Hanoi University of Fine Arts (creator of the images following).