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It's My Whole Life: Charlotte Salomon: An Artist in Hiding During World War II



by
Susan Wider

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Imprint
Norton Young Readers
ISBN
9781324015451
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Religious , Violence: Genocide , Violence: Suicide , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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A gripping middle grade biography of Charlotte Salomon, and an ode to how art can capture both life’s everyday beauty and its monumental horrors.

Charlotte Salomon was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is remembered for her autobiographical series of paintings, Life? or Theater?, which consists of 769 individual works painted between 1940 and 1942 while she was in hiding from the Nazis in the south of France, and which has been called a painted parallel to Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl and an early graphic novel. In 1943, she entrusted her collection of paintings to a friend. In October of that year, she was captured and deported to Auschwitz, where she and her unborn child were gassed to death upon arrival.

It’s My Whole Life covers Charlotte’s remarkable life from her childhood and art school days to her time as a refugee in Nazi-occupied France, where she created the largest single work of art created by a Jew during the Holocaust. Compellingly written and accompanied by vivid color photographs of Salomon’s artwork, Susan Wider has crafted an illuminating portrait of an enigmatic and evanescent young artist.

Author’s note. “Charlotte’s Family Tree.” Map of Charlotte’s
Journey. Time line. Notes. Bibliography. Additional resources. Index. Black-and-white photographs and full-color reproductions. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Religious , Violence: Genocide , Violence: Suicide , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

160

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

B

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0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Charlotte Salomon (1917–1943). Leben? oder Theater? (Life? or Theater?) Watercolorists. Germany. Expatriate painters. France. Holocaust victims. World War II (1939–1945). Jewish women. Art and artists. 

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