Mihăilescu, Dana: "Confronting the Shadow of the Holocaust through Transcultural Memory Networks. Martin Lemelman’s Mendel’s Daughter (2006) and Two Cents Plain (2010)." In: Shofar 38.1 (2020), S. 38–75.
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Keywords: "Mendel’s Daughter", "Two Cents Plain", Autobiography, Holocaust, Judaism, Lemelman. Martin, Memoria, USA
This paper examines two graphic memoirs by Martin Lemelman that bring together contrasting points of view about the Holocaust and Jewish identity: Mendel's Daughter (2006) focuses on the Holocaust from the perspective of the author's mother, a Holocaust survivor, as passed down to the son born after the end of World War II; its follow-up, Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood (2010), continues the story of Lemelman's family through the author's Brooklyn boyhood, referencing the role of the Holocaust in his early years. My paper probes the memories and struggles specific to each generation from Lemelman's family in relation to one's assumed identity during and after World War II, in Eastern Europe and the United States. I am particularly interested in examining how the entanglements of transcultural, transmedial, and transgenerational memories of the Holocaust give rise to an ethical engagement with World War II and images of spaces where genocide happened. In this sense, I will compare the parallel images of Poland during World War II (now Ukraine) from Mendel's Daughter and those of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s from Two Cents Plain in which various generations' perspectives clash or coalesce, bringing forth an ethical commitment to the remembrance of war and life in its aftermath via permanent alertness and vigilance to the development of sociopolitical structures in various locales.
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