A graphic reckoning

Nora Krug’s illustrated memoir grapples with – but never really confronts – her family’s dark Nazi past

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
December 19, 2018 21:33
A graphic reckoning

NORA KRUG. (photo credit: NINA SUBIN)

 
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Nora Krug, who grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany, is the granddaughter of a family with an entrenched Nazi past which has left her with lingering shame that she wanted to confront publicly.

But Krug seems to also want to have it both ways. Haunted by guilt and family ghosts, she initially set out to write an intimate graphic memoir that exposes her devotion to excavating dark truths, but somewhere along the line other desires seemed to surface that hint at her wish to cleanse herself and her family of the toxic stains of their past. It is this uncomfortable and somewhat repressed duality that shadows her throughout this shatteringly brilliant work that startles us with its creative power.

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