A German Reckons With History and Home

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"A revelatory, visually stunning graphic memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, telling the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family's wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781476796628
Branch Call Number: B KRUG
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Though all four of the author's grandparents lived through World War II, they never spoke of it. She visits Germany to piece together her family’s troubling story and reflects on what it means to be a German of her generation. This graphic novel was written AND drawn by Krug.

You'll bicker about if a country's catastrophic history—Nazi Germany—means it's your own family's history too. A memoir.

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May 20, 2019

Nora Krug, born in Germany, now lives in the United States. Growing up in Karlsruhe, she struggled to understand her country's actions during World War II and the Holocaust. As an adult, she resolved to get answers about her own family's involvement in the war. This graphic novel, interspersed with family photos and war memorabilia, is the result. I especially enjoyed the eight short chapters on German items that she still misses from home.

Mar 09, 2019

As someone with German ancestry, I had many of the same questions as the author, albeit on not so personal a level. Her search, her discoveries, and her reactions to those discoveries were very poignant and moving. I absolutely loved the graphic format! Her handwriting, along with the documents, pictures, and drawings, all added immensely to the emotional impact this book had on me. I will seek out more books done in this style.

Feb 17, 2019

This one is a knockout. I've been interested since childhood in WW2, the Holocaust, and the story of how many German people could have enabled and helped Hitler and his thugs to kill millions of Jews. Krug sews many different threads--her shame at being German, the way she was educated about WW2, her mixed feelings about home and her heritage. In particular, she visits Germany (she now lives in the US) to consult local archives about her mother's father, talks to family members, and gets as close to the truth as she can.

Krug is also a cartoonist and graphic artist, and this book is a beautiful piece of creativity, filled with drawings, paintings, and family photographs. As I read the book, it reminded me of a recent thought I've had about history--that our family's history and our country's history still lives within us, no matter who we are. The past doesn't die. I admire Krug's hard work to find what she could, to face the truth and make peace with her place in the world.

Dec 30, 2018

The drawings and photographs in this historical graphic novels bring the subject to life. I've read extensively on WWII and the Holocaust and have often wondered about the average German citizen- what rolls they played in this nightmare. This is the story of one woman's journey to find out what her grandparents did or didn't do...

Nov 11, 2018

A totally unique story presentation combining so many techniques. Successfully. Also a part of history that younger generations are losing awareness of, but it's important they don't. A quick and different read. I strongly recommend it.


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May 20, 2019

"The 2017 national election in Germany has given rise to a new right-wing party. The extreme right has claimed seats in parliament again, for the first time in more than half a century."


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