Amos Poe


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Birth Name: Amos Poe
Born: 1950
Birth Place: Israel

The Israeli-born director's father was killed during the 1956 Sinai War when Poe was six. After his mother remarried, the family moved to the USA, but friction at home caused Poe to move to Vermont to live with his grandmother. He attended Ohio University, where he became involved in anti-war protests. Attending for about a year, Poe was expelled for participating in burning down the administration building during a sit-in. Heading for Czechoslovakia to visit cousins, the teenager found himself in the middle of the Russian invasion of 1968. Borrowing film and a camera, he took thousands of photographs of the event, eventually selling them to TIME magazine for close to $10,000.

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