Mihăilescu, Dana: "Haunting spectres of World War II memories from a transgenerational ethical perspective in Miriam Katin’s We Are on Our Own and Letting It Go." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 6.2 (2015), S. 154–171.
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Keywords: "Letting it Go", "We Are on Our Own", Autobiography, Holocaust, Katin. Miriam, Memoria, USA, War
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
My paper analyses Miriam Katin’s graphic memoirs We Are on Our Own (Drawn & Quarterly, 2006) and Letting It Go (Drawn & Quarterly, 2013), which bring together the war memories of Holocaust child survivors, adult survivors and children of survivors. They do this by paralleling the experience during World War II lived by the author and her mother (as a toddler and an adult surviving the war by hiding in the Hungarian countryside) to the post-World War II experience of the same protagonists in present-day United States and of the author and her son as the epitomes of a child survivor and a child of survivors. I am particularly interested in examining how transgenerational parent–child transmission of war memories in families made up of various generations of survivors gives rise to an ethical engagement with World War II and to the possibility of overcoming stereotyped and prejudiced images of locations where genocide happened.
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