Streb, Markus: "Early Representations of Concentration Camps in Golden Age Comic Books. Graphic Narratives, American Society, and the Holocaust." In: Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 3.1 (2016), S. 28–63, <http://sjoca.com/wp-con ... /SJoCA-3-1-03-Streb.pdf>.
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Keywords: "Master Race", Adventure comics, Holocaust, Horror, Judaism, Krigstein. Bernard, Themes and motives, USA, War
Collection: Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art
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Concentration camps have been and still are one of the strongest symbols of Nazism in general and the extermination of European Jewry in particular. Ever since the camps were first established, media reports on them helped shape the perception of the Nazi regime. By 1940 the camps had found their way into comic books. Concentration camps appeared in several superhero, horror, adventure and war comics that were released during the Golden Age.
By analyzing more than three dozen comics stories and covers, most of which are still virtually unknown, this article provides an overview of early depictions of concentration camps in graphic narratives. The article discusses the comics’ key motifs, the victims’ identities, the features of the depicted camps, and the use of Nazi atrocities in order to disparage communism. It also examines the role of Jewish victims in the comics. The main aim is to show to what degree concentration camp representations in comics correspond to what US society could and wanted to know about what was later to become known as the Holocaust.
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