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ERIC Number: EJ1257639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2153-2613
Bridging the Divide through Graphic Novels: Teaching Non-Jews' Holocaust Narratives to Jewish Students
Reingold, Matt
SANE Journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education, v2 n4 Article 3 Sep 2019
The following paper considers how integrating Holocaust graphic novels that prominently feature non-Jewish characters can be effective in introducing Jewish students to new perspectives on contemporary understandings of the Holocaust. Drawing on the results of recent studies about rising anti-Semitism and Jews' concerns for their safety, feelings of insularity are understandably becoming more pervasive within the Jewish community. The author argues that in order to combat the negative aspects of this entrenchment, Jewish students need to be introduced to thoughtful and complex narratives that relate to historical anti-Semitic incidents which also model ways of building relationships between the disparate communities in the present. While very different from each other, Rutu Modan's "The Property" and Nora Krug's "Belonging" present these types of sophisticated engagements with the past and present and their textual and visual statements are assessed for the ways that they can help reframe Jewish understandings of the legacies of the Holocaust and for building contemporary Jewish-non-Jewish relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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