The Holocaust in Graphic Novel

It took a while for scholars to take Maus (a graphic novel of the Holocaust) seriously. After all, delving into Holocaust themes through the lens of a comic book may at first seem in bad taste. But Spiegelman established an important avenue of artistic expression.

This kind of expression is captured anew in I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein. She uses a combination of illustrations and narrative to help move the story along. For those who wish to learn more about the Holocaust or for those who are marrying into a survivor’s family, this could be one way to enter the topic. It might be particularly relevant for those of other religious backgrounds whose new Jewish partner or spouse has lived with the Holocaust his or her entire life.

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