Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
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 f ...more
Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly parts of the war to elevate the winners' narrative of heroism and bravery, and Germans - to hide their guilt and shame, not only from the others, but themselves and their families.
Krug's journey to discover the extent of ...more
I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the period 1930-1950 in Nazi Germany' shelf. For me, I'd put it under 'everybody should read this'. It asks all the questions, without coming up with any answers. But keeping those questions on the tip of our collective to ...more
I bring this up, because the author of this story, is one such German, who knows about the war, but it is not talked about, though her father's older brother fought and died in World War II. This memoir of how she doesn't feel that she has a home in her f ...more
Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossible to not feel like you were placed in the author's shoes and taken along for every single step of her journey. You will be unsettled by the same questions and worries that weigh on her, end up feeling the same thirst ...more
A German Reckons with History and Home.
I haven’t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her voice. Her story. It was a great book.
This is a book about a young German woman born a couple generations after WWII and working through her personal shame of being born German and the confusion of her families part durin ...more
- It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII (including intergenerational suffering for their descendants, some of whom she interviews) becomes a backdrop.
- The illustrations of anti-Semitism make me wonder, who is this book for? If this was a memoir of a Japane ...more
This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also loved that it wasn't a typical graphic novel. The book was drawn as if written in a notebook, and there were even real photos put into it to make it feel more real. One page might have a real photo of her grandfather ...more
Krug writes and illustrates her memoir like a graphic novel or scrapbook. It is filled with drawings, old family photos, letters, and homework assignments. Much like a scrapbook, the book frequently ...more
I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This ‘graphic memoir’ engaged me from the moment I opened it. Mesmerizing, creative, dramatic. I’ve never seen anything like it. (That’s a compliment of ...more
My father was a child in Germany during the war and lost his father (i.e. my Opa) in the war. While his mother, brother and sister remained in Germany, he emigrated to America during his 20s--a bit of random chance and an opportunity to work a trade that ...more
How does someone resolve such a thing? Even though the events happened before you were born, what are you supposed to think, especially when your immediate heritage was dir ...more
German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. They get that their country murdered many many innocent people. They get that many of their grandparents were culpable in the murdering of those many many people. Like many Germans, Nora Krug is afraid to research he...more
I have read lots of books about WWII—non-fiction, fiction, children’s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thought to how that time period affects modern Germans. When I thought of post-war Germany at all it was mostly in relation to the Berlin Wall.
With Nora as my guide, however, I began to understand the struggle that many Germans fa ...more
I adore the artistic style that Krug used to tell her story - handwritten text, collaged photographs, old papers and new drawings help tell us about her families' lives in Germany during WWII. The images help the sad history become a little more palatable, making Nazi Germany only slightly less disturbing as Krug, and the reader, try to figure out just which side the family fell on in this dark time in history.
Considering our current political climate here in the ...more
This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.