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Comic Books and the Holocaust

Today on Jewcy: A new book explores how superheroes struggled with the Shoah

by
Simone Somekh
April 19, 2018

In a survey published this month, the Claims Conference estimated that 66 percent of American millennials do not know what Auschwitz was. The news comes as alarming, as we live in an age in which access to resources and information on the history of World War II and the Holocaust is virtually immediate.

Just a few decades ago, the Shoah was hardly part of the public discourse in the States, and was rarely included in school curricula. Many American young people, in the ’60s through the ’80s, learned for the first time about the topic where they learned a lot about good and evil: comic books.

Simone Somekh is a New York-based author and journalist. He’s lived and worked in Italy, Israel, and the United States.

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