In the news: Graphic novels take on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

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Courtesy of: The Canadian Jewish News
By SHLOMO SCHWARTZBERG, Special to The CJN

The continuing rise in popularity of graphic novels has seen all manner of subject matter examined within their pages, including numerous books on Jewish issues and themes.

Among the best-known graphic novels are Israeli novelist Rutu Modan’s award-winning Exit Wounds; James Sturm’s The Golem’s Mighty Swing, a fascinating portrait of a Jewish baseball team touring rural America in the 1920s; and Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust parable Maus. And, of course, the many Jewish-flavoured novels of the late Will Eisner, including A Contract with God, Dropsie Avenue and Fagin the Jew, are well-known.

Two recent graphic novels, Judenhass (Aardvark Vanaheim) and Good-bye Marianne: The Graphic Novel (Tundra Books), tackle anti-Semitism and the Holocaust with differing results.

The article goes on to review Dave Sim’s Judenhass and Kathryn E. Shoemaker’s adaptation of Irene Watts’ young adult book Good-bye Marianne: The Graphic Novel in greater detail.