Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

Named a Best Book of 2018 by The New York Times Critics, The Boston Globe, NPR, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Time (Honorable Mention), Library Journal (Best Graphic Novels), and Comics Beat A revelatory, visually stunning graphic memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, telling the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her f Named a Best Book of 2018 by The New York Times Critics, The Boston Globe, NPR, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Mil...

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Title:Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Author:Nora Krug
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Reviews

  • Abbey
    Dec 12, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

    This is an amazing book. In a patchwork, a scrapbook of handwritten text, drawings and cartoons, old postcards and photos, original documents from the 1930s and 1940s, Nora Krug pieces together what her "normal German family" never told her - namely, how they behaved during the Nazi pe...

    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and ...

    What a beautiful & sad book. I adore the artistic style that Krug used to tell her story - handwritten text, collaged photographs, old papers and new drawings help tell us about her families' lives in Germany during WWII. The images help the sad history become a little more pal...

  • Deb
    Jul 23, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

  • Cristina
    Dec 10, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    Dec 30, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

    This is an amazing book. In a patchwork, a scrapbook of handwritten text, drawings and cartoons, old postcards and photos, original documents from the 1930s and 1940s, Nora Krug pieces together what her "normal German family" never told her - namely, how they behaved during the Nazi pe...

    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and ...

  • Molly
    Jul 26, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 11, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

  • Hans
    Jan 05, 2019

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

  • Manny
    Dec 28, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

  • Tatiana
    Dec 28, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

  • Bean
    Dec 23, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

  • notgettingenough
    Dec 31, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

  • Laura
    Jul 16, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

  • Bob
    Nov 20, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

  • Heather
    Jul 30, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

  • Q
    Dec 16, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

  • Emily May
    Jan 16, 2019

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Oct 17, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

  • Sarah
    Dec 02, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

  • Hannah
    Nov 09, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

  • Belinda Carvalho
    Dec 10, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    Aug 20, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

  • Barbara
    Dec 17, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

    This is an amazing book. In a patchwork, a scrapbook of handwritten text, drawings and cartoons, old postcards and photos, original documents from the 1930s and 1940s, Nora Krug pieces together what her "normal German family" never told her - namely, how they behaved during the Nazi pe...

  • Geoffrey
    Jun 22, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

  • Lisa
    Dec 13, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

    This is an amazing book. In a patchwork, a scrapbook of handwritten text, drawings and cartoons, old postcards and photos, original documents from the 1930s and 1940s, Nora Krug pieces together what her "normal German family" never told her - namely, how they behaved during the Nazi pe...

    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and ...

    What a beautiful & sad book. I adore the artistic style that Krug used to tell her story - handwritten text, collaged photographs, old papers and new drawings help tell us about her families' lives in Germany during WWII. The images help the sad history become a little more pal...

    I don't think there are enough words to accurately describe how beautiful this graphic novel is. The mix of various diary entries, photographs, various illustrations, and excerpts from propaganda combine to pack an emotional punch. I can't recommend this memoir about growing up German ...

    A beautifully written memoir dealing with the struggle of growing up as a second generation German post WW2; outlining Krug's struggle to identify as a German national whilst fighting her own inherited guilt at the events of the Holocaust. A quick and moving read, enlightening to a dif...

    I thought this book was amazing, but it's hard to encapsulate my feelings on it. The author's journey of her feelings and thoughts on her country and her family's history are similarly ambivalent - she's horrified by the possibilities but continues to investigate what happened. As with...

  • Jessica Samuelson
    Sep 24, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

  • Shelly
    Dec 21, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

  • Morris
    Nov 04, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

    This is an amazing book. In a patchwork, a scrapbook of handwritten text, drawings and cartoons, old postcards and photos, original documents from the 1930s and 1940s, Nora Krug pieces together what her "normal German family" never told her - namely, how they behaved during the Nazi pe...

    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and ...

    What a beautiful & sad book. I adore the artistic style that Krug used to tell her story - handwritten text, collaged photographs, old papers and new drawings help tell us about her families' lives in Germany during WWII. The images help the sad history become a little more pal...

    I don't think there are enough words to accurately describe how beautiful this graphic novel is. The mix of various diary entries, photographs, various illustrations, and excerpts from propaganda combine to pack an emotional punch. I can't recommend this memoir about growing up German ...

  • Sarah
    Dec 16, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...

    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her an...

    This is an amazing book. In a patchwork, a scrapbook of handwritten text, drawings and cartoons, old postcards and photos, original documents from the 1930s and 1940s, Nora Krug pieces together what her "normal German family" never told her - namely, how they behaved during the Nazi pe...

    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and ...

    What a beautiful & sad book. I adore the artistic style that Krug used to tell her story - handwritten text, collaged photographs, old papers and new drawings help tell us about her families' lives in Germany during WWII. The images help the sad history become a little more pal...

    I don't think there are enough words to accurately describe how beautiful this graphic novel is. The mix of various diary entries, photographs, various illustrations, and excerpts from propaganda combine to pack an emotional punch. I can't recommend this memoir about growing up German ...

    A beautifully written memoir dealing with the struggle of growing up as a second generation German post WW2; outlining Krug's struggle to identify as a German national whilst fighting her own inherited guilt at the events of the Holocaust. A quick and moving read, enlightening to a dif...

  • Bruce Katz
    Oct 14, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...

    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...

    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...

    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...

    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually hers. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...

    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...

    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...

    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...

    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...

    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...

    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...

    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...

    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...

    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...

  • Carrie Templeton
    Aug 22, 2018

    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...

    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...

    Can I give it an extra star? ...

    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...

    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...

    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...