Graphic Novels

Drawn memories

Graphic Novels are not always funny: Some cover the topic of the Holocaust.
12. Juli 2021
Three authors, three stories, three ways of memorizing the holocaust. Students from Germany and Isreal tell each other the story of one specific Graphic Novel. Together they talk and learn about history and memory, family and friendship and about their hope for the future.

Drawn Memories is a binational podcast about the Holocaust in Graphic Novels. Three students from Israel (Sapir College) and Germany (Hochschule der Medien) show the importance of memory culture.

In fear for their lives, Anne Frank’s family had to hide from the uprising Nazi-regime. The way she experienced this time is captured in her famous diary, which is the topic of the first episode. The peak of the dark era occurred in the concentration camps all around Europe. The second episode covers the horror of Auschwitz. With the war ending, many survivors were left with deep mental wounds. The influence of their past led to conflicts with the second generation, which is talked about in the last episode.

Learn more about the different perspectives on memory culture and enjoy listening to Drawn Memories!

First episode – Dive into the world of Anne Frank 

The first episode of Drawn Memories is all about a diary. But not just any – the diary of Anne Frank. Together with her family, she hid in a secret room behind a bookcase during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Together with the experts Menno Metselaar and Michal Paz-Klap the three students Ron, Niclas and Alina talk about being a teenager during a time, that seemed to be hopeless. 

The Graphic Diary is based on the original diary of Anne Frank.
The Graphic Diary is based on the original diary of Anne Frank.

Second episode – The darkness of Auschwitz

The second episode of Drawn Memories is about the darkest place in history. In his graphic novel "Auschwitz" the Yugoslavian author Pascal Croci portrays the hopeless and horrific life in the deathcamp in the middle of the German occupied Poland. Michal Paz-Klap, expert on graphic novels and Kate Polak, professor for writing and literature, explain the effects a dark story has on the audience. Is there a right way to portray the horror of Auschwitz?

The Graphic Novel "Auschwitz" shows the brutal reality of the death camp.

Third episode – Of Maus and Men

After the horrific events of the Holocaust, the third and last episode of Drawn Memories is about the children of the survivors – the second generation. What did their parents tell them about their traumatic past and what did they decide to keep a secret? With its unique way of using metaphors, “Maus” by Art Spiegelman is the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Price. The story about the testimony of Spiegelman’s father became the gate for many other Holocaust related novels.

"Maus" is one of the most famous Graphic Novels.
"Maus" is one of the most famous Graphic Novels.