My friend George Pratt just returned from Poland and Germany. He visited the concentration camps to do research on a project he’s been working on to illustrate Gabor Barabas’s poems about the Holocaust. George posted nearly eighty photographs from his trip on his blog. They are very moving to say the least–the subject, of course, but also his compositions. I quickly fell into a silent space as I scrolled down the page.
Last year I read Art Spiegelman’s MAUS: A SURVIVAL’S TALE: My Father Bleeds History (I,II). Spiegelman interviewed his father about the Holocaust and illustrated the recorded interviews in the form of a graphic novel. He depicts Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs. It’s hard to put words on it. I felt so much when I read it, and I’ll never forget it–his father’s story–which really, is the story of so many. In 1992 it won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award. If you read it, or have already read it, you’ll know why.