Nora Krug's story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her familys wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, ...
|Title||:||Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Reviews
I have Thoughts and they are hard to solidify!
But first off, visually this book is amazing and I loved the format - scrapbook, diary, graphic memoir. Every page was interesting, even ones filled with hand-written text. How she put everything she investigated, little artifacts, and what she learned and speculated together was done so well. You can watch a video of the author creating a page on her website! It was really cool.
And then it reminded me of everything I learned in all my German classe ...more
We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug’s Belonging is the author’s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It’s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective Guilt, following the bread crumbs, hoping they’ll lead her ‘home.’
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
I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are but I felt this book transcended this format and is some kind of an important historical document merged with beautiful modified personal family pictures and text (including war documents, copy books, lists). I di ...more
I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn’t taught German and learned very little of his father’s family, never heard stories of the homeland. Reading this book felt like peeking behind an unspoken curtain into some inkling of my father-in-law’s thoughts. I was absolutely captivated both ...more
Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she bravely and thoroughly collected the facts.
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
Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts.
- It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually 'reasonable', based on what her relatives 'did' or 'did not' do. 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 won ...more
Напевно, всім, хто довший час жив за кордоном, знайоме це відчуття: з часом мимоволі починаєш перетворюватися на збірку всіх національних стереотипів про твою етнічну групу. (Згадаймо всіх своїх українських знайомих, доти навіть не помічених на любові до куховарства, які, відчувши себе на чужині ближчими до свого коріння, ніж будь-коли раніше, мимоволі починають варганити борщ). Символи малої і великої батьківщини ні для кого не є такими нагально-важливими, як для емігранта, що сумує за корінням ...more
Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down.
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