was born in Ohio in 1924 to Eugene and Goldie Hahn. Eugene was a boxer
and Goldie a housewife and artist. Otto (whose birth name is Eugene W.
Hahn, Jr., but I shall refer to him as Otto) remembers watching his mother's
face as she painted trees, flowers and birds. He never forgot the look
of love and peace that radiated from her tender eyes. He described his
mothers slightly buck-toothed mouth as looking as if her lips were always
ready to be kissed. The family was poor and troubled. Otto's father would
frequently come home drunk; he brought other women to their small house,
causing much suffering for all the family, including Otto's brother, Jimmy,
and his sister, _______.
Goldie Hahn died early and Eugene Hahn, in a drunken stupor, drove through
a light and killed a man for which he went to jail, leaving Otto and his
siblings to be cared for by the state. The children were put into an orphanage
and taken out by farmers on 'trial adoptions’, only to be returned
to the orphanage when the farm work was completed. So he went from farm
to farm, family to family never really belonging anywhere. In his loneliness
Otto remembered his mother's face. And he began to draw pictures to ease
the pain. When he drew, it was like dreaming. He could be anything he
wanted. Drawing eased his sorrow, much like it did for his mother.
One day Otto told how he witnessed his sister being abused by the village
priest and how he got into trouble for attacking the man. He saw many
things which he felt were wrong but he was just a child and had no way
to makes things right. So he ran away.
Later he would be caught by the authorities and returned. But Otto kept
running away until one day they just couldn't find him. He became a vagabond
at a very young age.