I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein

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In this truly innovative memoir, Bernice Eisenstein combines her skills as a writer and illustrator to recount her early childhood in the 1950s. Drawing on the memories of her parents-both Holocaust survivors-and the fragmented stories of other family members lost in the war, she explores the impact of their legacy on her own life. Through her vivid prose and stunning illustrations, Eisenstein crafts a tale that is emotionally rich and visually arresting.

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors harkens back to Art Spiegelman's Maus but breaks new ground in combining graphic novel and memoir. Mixing sadness with bittersweet humor, Eisenstein describes her experiences growing up in the wake of the World War II. But more than a book about the Holocaust and its far-reaching shadow, this moving, searingly honest testament speaks to the universality of memory and loss.

Anyone who sees this book will be deeply affected by its beautiful, highly evocative writing and its brilliantly original, haunting artwork.
 

About Bernice Eisenstein

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Born in Canada in 1949, Bernice Eisenstein was awarded an honors degree in English literature from Yale University before moving to Israel and England to study art. Following her return to Canada several years later, she worked there as a freelance editor and illustrator for numerous publishing houses and periodicals. Today she is a regular contributor to "The Globe and Mail,
 
Published January 1, 2006 by McClelland & Stewart. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“No—we fed ourselves with white lies of hope.” Page after page, anecdote after sketch, Eisenstein teases out an affecting portrait.

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She grasps that it was her parents who suffered through the Holocaust, but in describing herself as "some Jewish Sisyphus, pushing history and memory uphill, wondering what I'm supposed to be," she neatly articulates her struggle to understand their suffering and get to know them as human beings.

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Stepping through the space blasted open by Art Spiegelman's Maus, the Canada-born Bernice Eisenstein illustrates her slim prose testimony with drawings in a dreamy, sad-faced style.

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