Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

Nora Krug's story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family?s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history. Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nor Nora Krug's story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family?s wartime past in Nazi Germany and t...

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Title:Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Author:Nora Krug
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Reviews

  • Susan
    Feb 16, 2019
    I have Thoughts and they are hard to solidify! But first off, visually this book is amazing and I loved the format - scrapbook, diary, graphic memoir. Every page was interesting, even ones filled with hand-written text. How she put everything she investigated, little artifacts, and ...
  • Deb
    Jul 23, 2018
    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug?s Belonging is the author?s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It?s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    Dec 30, 2018
    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and ...
  • Molly
    Jul 26, 2018
    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jul 11, 2018
    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family hi...
  • Hans
    Jan 05, 2019
    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold. My father was a child in Germany dur...
  • Manny
    Dec 28, 2018
    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over si...
  • Tatiana
    Dec 28, 2018
    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly pa...
  • Bean
    Dec 23, 2018
    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts. - It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually 'reasonable', based on what her relatives 'did' or 'did not' do. Al...
  • notgettingenough
    Dec 31, 2018
    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down. I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the ...
  • Laura
    Jul 16, 2018
    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it. I bring this up, because the author o...
  • Bob
    Nov 20, 2018
    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she b...
  • Heather
    Jul 30, 2018
    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to ...
  • Q
    Dec 16, 2018
    Belonging by Nora Krug A German Reckons with History and Home. I haven?t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her ...
  • Emily May
    Jan 16, 2019
    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I?ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of wha...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Oct 17, 2018
    Can I give it an extra star? ...
  • Sarah
    Dec 02, 2018
    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. Th...
  • Hannah
    Nov 09, 2018
    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country?s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family?s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging an...
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    Feb 01, 2019
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  • Belinda Carvalho
    Dec 10, 2018
    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are...
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    Aug 20, 2018
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books This graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also l...
  • Geoffrey
    Jun 22, 2018
    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossib...
  • Jeroen Nijs
    Dec 16, 2018
    Het boek kwam wat langzaam op gang voor mij, maar dat is mijn eigen schuld, want ik ben niet zo goed met veel namen. Later komt de vaart erin, en raakte ik soms ontroerd. Wat het voor mij bijzonder maakt zijn de vele archiefmaterialen die in de tekeningen verwerkt zijn (hoe vaak zie j...
  • Jessica Samuelson
    Sep 24, 2018
    This was such a stunning book for me. ?Stunning? in that it affected me in a way I did not expect. I have read lots of books about WWII?non-fiction, fiction, children?s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thou...
  • Rod Brown
    Feb 10, 2019
    A German American immigrant feels guilty about her home country's perpetration of the Holocaust and starts to investigate family stories to find the truth of how involved her ancestors were in the Nazi party and the German military during World War II. First, I hate when I open a gr...
  • Shelly
    Dec 21, 2018
    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It?s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany?s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it?s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great. ...
  • Anni K. Mars
    Dec 13, 2018
    Einzigartig und interessant. ...
  • Bruce Katz
    Oct 14, 2018
    I?m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work ? a chimera ? of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are broug...
  • Moira Macfarlane
    Jan 25, 2019
    Intrigerend boek, zit erg goed in elkaar en beantwoordt de vraag die ik mijzelf vaak stelde: 'Hoe voelt het (of kan het voelen, want n verhaal maakt niet alle verhalen) om na zo'n allesvernietigende oorlog Duits te zijn.' Nora Krug geboren in 1977, Karlsruhe, haar ouders net na de ...
  • Carrie Templeton
    Aug 22, 2018
    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn?t taught German and learned ve...