Graphic Novels

‘Survivors of the Holocaust’ Review: The Horrors of War in the Eyes of a Child

Survivors of the Holocaust is a powerful graphic novel that portrays the horrors of Nazi Germany and the eventual war from the eyes of six Jewish children who survived. It’s a deeply personal, tragic retelling from multiple perspectives, showing how terrifying war can be to a young child who doesn’t understand what’s going on and why. One boy and his family managed to escape but were interred in camps after arriving in England. A young girl was saved by her neighbor as she watched her parents get taken by the Nazis. Another older boy recounts his days in the camps and the horrors of starving every moment of every day. All of them lost friends and family. Some lost a few, some lost everyone.

No experience is the same but each shares similarities. Through it all, we see the absolute evil of the Holocaust and its perpetrators. We see the fear that descended like a cloud across Europe. Above all, we see perseverance against all odds, of children fighting to survive and live a life of freedom and opportunity. Each of these children went on to do great things, and their stories are essential reading for all ages.

Survivors of the Holocaust
Edited by Kath Shackleton
Illustrated by Zane Whittingham
Published by Sourcebooks Explore

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Photo by Michael Weidner on Unsplash

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