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Representations of the Shoah in Picture Books for Young Children: An Intercultural Comparison (Eva Lezzi)

This article investigates the recurring patterns in narration and visual aesthetics with which the Shoah is commemorated in children’s literature. On the one hand, Dr. Lezzi undertakes an intercultural comparison of the differing iconographic, narrative, and commemorative structures found in the varying contexts of publication, i.e. in Germany, other European countries, and the United States. On the other hand, the author analyses the heterogeneous figurations and experiences of childhood on three levels of textuality: the representation of children living in the Third Reich, the intergenerational communication taking place between the narrator – often of the grandparents’ generation – and the reader, and the construction of implied child readers of the picture books today. 

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