Mendel's Daughter

Mendel's Daughter

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Baker & Taylor
A graphic memoir, illustrated with black-and-white drawings and photography, follows the author's mother's dramatic escape from Nazi persecution, in a visual transcription of her childhood in 1930s Poland, her victimization under the Nazi regime, and struggles to survive. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Mendel's Daughter combines a true story with 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, in Mendel'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.
Mendel's Daughter opens with a picture of shtetl life, filled with images that evoke the richness of foods and flowers, of family and firends 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, round-ups and pogroms. We follow Gusta into flight, hiding and survival - into the unfolding uncertainty of those terrible times.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents in graphic novel format the life of a Jewish girl growing up in Poland during the 1940s, describing how the Nazi persecution led to the deaths of her parents and other members of her family, while she and her brothers survived the war by hiding in the neighboring forest.

Simon and Schuster

Sometimes your memories are not your own.

Just as Art Spiegelman's Maus presented a dramatic new framework from which to view the Holocaust, Mendel's Daughter combines 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, in Mendel'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 Daughter opens 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 Daughter is 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 : Free Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780743291620
074329162X
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 LEM
Characteristics: 217 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Lemelman, Martin

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Apr 24, 2018

Terrific drawings, great storytelling.

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