We Are On Our Own

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By – October 18, 2011

Miri­am Katin’s first graph­ic nov­el, told from the per­spec­tive of a young child, is a poignant mem­oir of her escape from Budapest with her moth­er dur­ing World War II. The pair man­ages to stay one step ahead of the Nazis by dis­guis­ing them­selves as peas­ants and rely­ing on the help of strangers. Their emo­tion­al­ly-charged jour­ney is depict­ed in raw pen­cil lines and inter­spersed with bright­ly-col­ored glimpses of the author as a young moth­er liv­ing safe­ly in Amer­i­ca. Miri­am Katin joins the ranks of Art Spiegel­man (Maus), Joe Kubert (Yos­sel), and oth­er graph­ic nov­el­ists who have used their unique craft to tack­le the hor­rors of the Holocaust. 

Wendy Was­man is the librar­i­an & archivist at the Cleve­land Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry in Cleve­land, Ohio.

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