May 10: Nora Krug, In Discussion @ The JCC
Nora Krug, In Conversation
Friday May 10, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
@ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue
Free, Register on Eventbrite: Link
Nora Krug will be discussing and reading from “Belonging,” her latest bestseller. The extraordinary visual memoir is about WWII and her own German family history. There will be a short signing after the discussion.
“Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home” is a 280-page illustrated and hand-written visual memoir about a German family’s memory of Nazi Germany. Although Nora Krug was born decades after the World War II, her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany left her with questions about her own family’s involvement in the war and how her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust and its weight on German history and identity.
After living abroad for almost twenty years, Nora Krug returns to Germany to ask the questions she didn’t think to ask as a child, didn’t dare to ask as a teenager. Belonging is the result of asking the questions she didn’t dare ask as a child. She visited archives, conducted research and interviewed her family members to break the silence around it. During her research, Nora Krug uncovers the stories of her maternal grandfather, Willi, and her father’s brother, Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier in Italy.
Piecing together her family history, Nora Krug explores what it means to belong, where our identity is formed and passed on from generations. “Heimat”, the German title of this graphic novel, means exactly that. Translated in English to “homeland”, it denotes more than that. “Heimat” attempts to combine the sense of belonging, identity and responsibility for all that this country inherited. This visual memoir is equal parts graphic novel, family scrapbook, and investigative narrative. It spans continents and generations to understand what it means to be German today, the responsibilities and difficulties of Krug’s generation and all those that follow.