From our continental correspondent: Comics and Shoah – a long history

Published On February 6, 2017 | By Wim | Comics, Continental Correspondent, Conventions and events
Mickey A Gurs by Host Rosenthal

(Mickey Au Camps De Gurs by Horst Rosenthal)

The Shoah Memorial in Paris is host to an important exhibition throughout the year, highlighting the representation of the persecution of the Jews using comics. Starting from Horst Rosenthal’s quite remarkable Mickey Au Camp De Gurs, a biting satire created in 1942 and Edmond-François Calvo’s seminal La Bête est morte, the show presents great original artwork from all over the globe, and representing comics in all its forms. Included are, amongst others, Jack Davis, Jean Graton, Joe Kubert, Georges Wolinski and Miriam Katin (whose Letting It Go is a harrowing account of how you never stop being a Holocaust survivor).


The exhibition looks further, however, and also highlights examples of comic art dealing with racial oppression, totalitarianism and on being Jewish in our times. The list of artists goes on: Jean-Philippe Stassen (Déogratias), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Asaf Hanuka, Enki Bilal (who also provided the poster artwork you can see above) and many others.

The exhibition runs from January 19 until October 30 and is curated by Didier Pasamonik, Marie-Edith Agostini, and Joël Kotek. A catalogue will be available, published by Denoël. Both are highly recommended.

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