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When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers



by
Ken Krimstein

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint
Bloomsbury USA (Adult)
ISBN
9781635573701
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From the prize-winning author of The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, a stunning graphic narrative of newly discovered stories from Jewish teens on the cusp of WWII.

When I Grow Up is New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein’s new graphic nonfiction book, based on six of hundreds of newly discovered, never-before-published autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish teens on the brink of WWII—found in 2017 hidden in a Lithuanian church cellar.

These autobiographies, long thought destroyed by the Nazis, were written as entries for three competitions held in Eastern Europe in the 1930s, just before the horror of the Holocaust forever altered the lives of the young people who wrote them.

In When I Grow Up, Krimstein presents the stories of these six young men and women in riveting, almost cinematic narratives, full of humor, yearning, ambition, and all the angst of the teenage years. It’s as if half a dozen new Anne Frank stories have suddenly come to light.

He frames the book with the dramatic story of the documents’ rediscovery. Beautifully illustrated, heart-wrenching, bursting with life, Ken Krimstein’s newest work shows us how the tragedy about to befall these young people could easily happen again, to any of us, if we don’t learn to listen to the voices from the past.

Map. “Some sources and suggestions for further reading.” Two-color illustrations. 

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Language: Strong Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

9 3/10" x 6"

Dewey

920

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Graphic Novels

Topics

Jewish youth. Jews. Eastern Europe. Twentieth-century history. World War II (1939–1945). The Holocaust (1939–1945). Personal narratives. Coming of age. Teenagers. Vilnius, Lithuania. Yiddish language and culture. Essays. 

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