We Survived the Holocaust
We Survived the Holocaust

We Survived the Holocaust

The Bluma and Felix Goldberg Story

By Frank W. Baker, Illustrated by Tim Ogline, Edited by John Shableski, By Tim Ogline, MBA

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

156 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Paperback, $19.99 (US $19.99)

Publication Date: September 2022

ISBN 9781637610206

Price: $19.99
 
 

Overview

During Adolf Hitler's rule over Nazi Germany there were over 40,000 concentration, labor and death camps built with the intent of erasing an entire population of Jews, Romani and 'other examples of impure races'. Bluma Tishgarten and Felix Goldberg were both young Polish Jews caught up in the Holocaust; Adolf Hitler's rise to power; the rise of anti-semitism and more. But yet they survived. Not only did Nazi Germany exterminate over 6 million Jews, they slaughtered anyone else who did not fit the ideal Aryan profile: Gypsies, Disabled, and slavic peoples (especially Poles and Russans. Other groups included in this final solution were communist, socialists, homosexuals,and Jehovah's witnesses. Bluma and Felix's miraculous story of survival, combined with the rise of nationalism and fascism, leading to the extermination of millions of human beings is also a cautionary tale-a dangerous history that, if we do not heed the warning signs, could very well be repeated.

Reviews

"I cannot think of a more powerful way for the Blumberg’s story to be told than through the graphic novel, We Survived the Holocaust – The Bluma and Felix Goldberg Story. I highly recommend this title to readers from young adults – adults. As a former school librarian and current educator of school librarians, I hope that this title will be on the shelves of all middle and high school libraries. The stories of how the Goldbergs, and other Jews, survived the Holocaust should never be forgotten by current and future generations." —Karen Gavigan Ph.D., Professor and Interim Director, College of Information and Communications. University of South Carolina

"The story of Bluma and Felix Goldberg successfully walks that fine line, capturing the human experience while also doing justice to the scale and monstrosity of the Holocaust, yet without resorting to horrific imagery... If any graphic novel has ever captured the profound love that so many survivors felt for their adopted homeland, this is it. Tim Ogline’s detailed maps and landscapes help to create a true work of art." —Doyle Stevick Ph.D., Executive Director, The Anne Frank Center University of North Carolina

"This graphic novel will engage readers of all ages as they encounter the terrors of the past with fresh eyes. With the scourge of intolerance, hate and anti-Semitism still present in daily life, we must continue to share survivor stories with the next generation." —Renee Hobbs, Media Education Lab University of Rhode Island USA

"The Goldberg story is the American story. Despite all of our obvious problems, it is still a blessed story of inclusion, hope and accomplishment--two people who somehow survived the horrors of the Holocaust to find another life in another land. I highly recommend this heartwarming book." —Marvin Kalb, former CBS/NBC correspondent, Author of the widely acclaimed Assignment Russia

We Survived the Holocaust makes the story of Bluma and Felix Goldberg come alive for a new generation of readers...Whether you are a classroom teacher wanting to teach the Holocaust or a fan of graphic novels, you will want to have this book in your collection. You won’t be able to put it down. Nor should you.” —William Kist, Professor Emeritus, Kent State University

"There are many ways that contemporary students learn, different paths by which they can engage with the complexities of history, much especially a history as difficult and painful as the history of the Holocaust...It speaks to some of the most important of our values and offers a message that is at once timeless, but so timely in the world of war, antisemitism and racism that has characterized 2022. Simply but not simplistically told and beautifully illustrated, the complex story of the Goldbergs is now accessible to readers of all ages, and even to those who don’t like to read!" —Michael Berenbaum, Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring The Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust American Jewish University Los Angeles

"Moving and important." —Kirkus Reviews

"This affecting work, which interweaves WWII historical facts among the family’s personal history, is vital reading." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Frank W. Baker is an internationally recognized media literacy educator. He maintains the Media Literacy Clearinghouse and Close Reading The Media websites. His lifelong work in media literacy was recognized in 2019 by UNESCO. He is the author of “Close Reading The Media” and “Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom.” To learn more, go to www.frankbaker.com