The horrors and brutality of the Holocaust are captured in this gripping graphic novel, which follows the story of a couple, Kazik and Cessia, who lose a daughter at Auschwitz and barely survive the concentration camp themselves, in a historical saga based on the reminiscences of actual concentration-camp survivors.
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Pascal Croci is an illustrator living in Aveyron, France.From School Library Journal:
Adult/High School–Croci's chilling effort focuses on the story of a Polish couple, Kazik and Cessnia, who lost their daughter at the infamous concentration camp. Auschwitz opens with the couple in old age, returning to the camp for the first time since gaining their freedom decades before. Using a series of alternating flashbacks, the author shows the family's internment, enslavement, and torture, and the eventual death of their child. Although not stated outright, several hints suggest that this is the couple's first conversation about the camp, giving the different perspectives a somber poignancy. The book closes with an interesting series of short interviews with Croci in which he details topics like artistic choice and the intensive research he conducted. Although Art Spiegelman explored similar terrain with his masterful Maus (Pantheon, 1986), Auschwitz is its own creation. Croci's text and character development are considerably sparser, but the frighteningly realistic black-and-white illustrations make this book memorable. From the hauntingly desperate eyes of the inmates to the demonic features of the Nazi captors, the images evoke the terror and oppression those who experienced the death camps endured. The tortured expressions and emaciated bodies echo the 1930s prints of Käthe Kollwitz. Ultimately, Croci's work stays with readers, its profound imagery serving as a haunting reminder of the persistence of violence and evil.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
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