The cover to Never Again Will I Visit Auschwitz: A Graphic Family Memoir of Trauma & Inheritance by Ari Richter, featuring the title and author's name over an illustration of a twisting tree shape with some severed branches and some fingerlike branches.
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Ari Richter

Never Again Will I Visit Auschwitz: A Graphic Family Memoir of Trauma & Inheritance

On sale date: August 13, 2024

In this debut graphic memoir, New York-based artist Ari Richter weaves together two haunting stories – his grand- and great-grandparents' imprisonment in Dachau, Buchenwald, and Auschwitz, and his own awakening to the contemporary rise of authoritarianism and the continuing crisis of anti-Semitism – with delicacy, immediacy, and an attention to surreal detail.

Never Again Will I Visit Auschwitz is an act of self-discovery and the resuscitation of historical memory. At its heart is the intersection of a genocidal political moment in 20th century history and the author's own family history. Told from the perspectives of four generations of the author's family, spanning pre-war Germany to post-Trump America, it is both a celebration of Jewish cultural resilience and a warning of democracy's fragility in the face of the seductive forces of authoritarianism. Part travelogue, part memoir, part historic retelling, author Ari Richter recreates his family's journey leading up to and extending beyond the Holocaust.

Relying on extensive genealogical research and his family's archiving, Richter illustrates the lives of his grandparents while reflecting on the burden of a storyteller to carry on these legacies. It is a rare glimpse into the firsthand stories of both Holocaust survivors and their descendants, told as an intertwined tapestry of faith, grief, and ultimately, survival. Never Again Will I Visit Auschwitz is an intimate reflection on coming to grips with the past. Harrowing and humorous in equal measure, this evocatively drawn graphic novel will be discussed for generations to come.

Praise

"Never Again... is an impressive feat of family excavation and a heartrending story about inheritance. Richter narrates his grandparents' harrowing tales of survival with graphic ingenuity while honoring the enduring sources of Jewish trauma. And he never forgets humor, the balm for our grief. I'm so glad this book exists" — Amy Kurzweil, author of Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir and Artificial: A Love Story

Specs

Pages
256
Format
Hardback
Color
Full-color
Dimensions
7.8" × 10.8"
ISBN-13
9781683969624
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