Mendel's Daughter

Mendel's Daughter

Book - 2006
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Sometimes your memories are not your own.Just as Art Spiegelman'sMauspresented a dramatic new framework from which to view the Holocaust,Mendel's Daughtercombines an unforgettable true story with elegant, haunting illustrations to shed new light on one of history's darkest periods. In 1989, Martin Lemelman videotaped his mother, Gusta, as she opened up about her childhood in 1930s Poland and her eventual escape from Nazi persecution. Now, inMendel's Daughter, Lemelman lovingly transcribes his mother's harrowing testimony, and he brings her narrative to life with his own powerful black-and-white drawings, interspersed with reproductions of actual photos, documents and other relics from that unsettled era. The result is a wholly original, authentic and moving account of hope and survival in a time of despair.Mendel's Daughteropens with a picture of shtetl life, filled with homey images that evoke the richness of foods and flowers, of family and friends and Jewish tradition. Soon, however, Gusta's girlhood is cut short as her family becomes witness to the rise of Hitler, rumors of war, invasion, occupation, roundups and pogroms. We follow Gusta into flight, hiding and survival into the unfolding uncertainty of those terrible times.As solemn and as hopeful as a prayer,Mendel's Daughteris Martin Lemelman is testament to Gustas bravery and a celebration of her perseverance. The devastatingly simple power of a mother's words and a son's illustrations combine to create a work that is both intensely personal and universally resonant.
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780743291620
Characteristics: 217 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Lemelman, Martin

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Apr 24, 2018

Terrific drawings, great storytelling.

Apr 11, 2017

I don't usually read graphic novels, but the subject matter was interesting to me. A real life memoir by the main character's son, is very heartfelt and well written and illustrated. I was very impressed with this book.

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Apr 11, 2017

readinJC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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