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 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 shado...
|Title||:||Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Reviews
The author is on a journey,a very personal quest to discover the Heimat of her family before, during and after WWII. Her desire to find out what happened is told in a most unusual way, through a hand printed, memory scrapbook.
I have wondered for some time how Germans lived through the war; how they regarded their role as it played out at home. What did they know? How did they participate in the execution and transportation of Jews from their communities to the death camps? Silence? Denial? To an ...more
It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to come of it. You know those movies you watch where they just ramble through a day and there is no real 'story'? That's how this book felt. She has guilt, curiosity, and more guilt. Which is fine, but it was boring a ...more
I don't think there are enough words to accurately describe how beautiful this graphic novel is. The mix of various diary entries, photographs, various illustrations, and excerpts from propaganda combine to pack an emotional punch. I can't recommend this memoir about growing up German after the horrors of the Nazis enough.
This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This was a bit of a difficult read, although I expected it to be. Thankfully it is divided into chapters, which makes for easy stopping points. While it is the story of a woman trying to fully understand her family history in relation to WWII and the Holocaust, I feel like there is a deeper narrative about inherited guilt here as well. I originally picked this up to see if there might be anything that I could relate to America's current conundrum with race relations, which we still haven't fixed ...more
This book is so powerful and emotional and eye-opening. Krug takes us with her on a journey to uncover the buried history of her homeland and her family; Krug's watercolor-esque illustrations, historical photographs, and found objects take it to another level. Everyone should read this.
*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I love that the whole of this book was handwritten.
'Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home' by Nora Krug is a non-fiction graphic novel about the difficulty of finding one's place in the world with a troubled national history.
Nora was born long after the fall of the Nazi party in Germany, but the guilt of her nation still hangs over her. She has an uncle that died in the war, and a grandfather that may or may not have been involved. Family accounts say he wasn't, but what is the truth?
Nora travels back to a town in Germany to find out ...more
(Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)
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