TODAY: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s his 94-year-old grandma

21 11 2012
By Dana Macario, TODAY contributor
Meet Mamika. She may not be faster than a speeding bullet 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 moniker Mamika.

When Frederika retired in her early 80s, retirement left her bored and a bit unhappy. As Fast Company reported, her doting grandson, Sacha Goldberger, began photographing her to help cheer her up and keep her active. After a couple of years, Mamika the superhero was born.

Sacha Goldberger

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

Besides, Goldberger’s grandmother really is a hero — a very human hero. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Frederika was a baroness, born into a wealthy Jewish family. When World War II erupted, she was forced into hiding. She and her husband risked their lives to help hide others as well. By the end of the war, she had saved 10 people from the Nazis. After the war, she left Hungary and emigrated to France where she raised her family.

These days, she’s modeling and working with her grandson on the Mamika projects. She regularly contributes ideas for the photo shoots and enjoys interacting with all of the stylists and assistants who are on scene.

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