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An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust. David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust. David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their parents and hidden by the Dutch resistance in thirteen different places. Through the story of Emmie Arbel, a child survivor of the Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, we see the lifelong trauma inflicted by the Holocaust. To complement these hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable visual stories, But I Live includes historical essays, an illustrated postscript from the artists, and personal words from each of the survivors. As we urgently approach the post-witness era without living survivors of the Holocaust, these illustrated stories act as a physical embodiment of memory and help to create a new archive for future readers. By turning these testimonies into graphic novels, But I Live aims to teach new generations about racism, antisemitism, human rights, and social justice.


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An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust. David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust. David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their parents and hidden by the Dutch resistance in thirteen different places. Through the story of Emmie Arbel, a child survivor of the Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, we see the lifelong trauma inflicted by the Holocaust. To complement these hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable visual stories, But I Live includes historical essays, an illustrated postscript from the artists, and personal words from each of the survivors. As we urgently approach the post-witness era without living survivors of the Holocaust, these illustrated stories act as a physical embodiment of memory and help to create a new archive for future readers. By turning these testimonies into graphic novels, But I Live aims to teach new generations about racism, antisemitism, human rights, and social justice.

30 review for But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust

  1. 5 out of 5

    aqilahreads

    a brilliant graphic novel about the stories from holocaust survivors based on their experiences and what they could remember from those times. the watercolour illustrations make the whole reading experience a more heartfelt read. its such an important book to look back into history and think about how far they have come to get to where they are today. even though i have only read a portion of the book, i can feel that its going to be an amazing one. thank you netgalley for an eARC which only con a brilliant graphic novel about the stories from holocaust survivors based on their experiences and what they could remember from those times. the watercolour illustrations make the whole reading experience a more heartfelt read. its such an important book to look back into history and think about how far they have come to get to where they are today. even though i have only read a portion of the book, i can feel that its going to be an amazing one. thank you netgalley for an eARC which only consists 1/3 of the story - will look forward to find it on the shelves to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ankita Goswami

    The (Netgalley) ARC had only one of the three stories from the book (the titular 'But I Live') and it was a wonderfully illustrated and moving story. I liked the oil painting-esque illustration style a lot. Since the story is a recollection of events from a child's perspective, it is understandably not very elaborate. I think I could have done with translations of some non-English words used though. The (Netgalley) ARC had only one of the three stories from the book (the titular 'But I Live') and it was a wonderfully illustrated and moving story. I liked the oil painting-esque illustration style a lot. Since the story is a recollection of events from a child's perspective, it is understandably not very elaborate. I think I could have done with translations of some non-English words used though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pancha Mantilla

    The book is a really interesting tale about survival and how horrors are seen from the eyes of child. The women collecting the story as a character is an add. It help to see how it is difficult to speak about trauma, that it takes time to gain trust. The taken into PTSD is interesting and includes glimpses of how the family must also deal with the proper way to not trigger things by mistake. A really interesting book from a psychological perspective, Also the art is beautiful. Thanks NetGalley

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tresha Green

    This was a partial ARC. The retelling of Emma and her Holocaust memories was beautifully done. I would like to read the other 2 stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheen

    But I Live is a graphic novel, a collection of stories from three holocaust survivors sharing their painful experience and how they are now in the present time. The arc only provided 1/3 of the collection which tells the story of Emmie Arbel. It is so heartwrenching. She suffered so much at such a young age and has to live with the trauma. I love how the story was told and the art style is beautiful. Overall, this is such a great book. I can't wait to read the other stories! * Thank you Netgalley But I Live is a graphic novel, a collection of stories from three holocaust survivors sharing their painful experience and how they are now in the present time. The arc only provided 1/3 of the collection which tells the story of Emmie Arbel. It is so heartwrenching. She suffered so much at such a young age and has to live with the trauma. I love how the story was told and the art style is beautiful. Overall, this is such a great book. I can't wait to read the other stories! * Thank you Netgalley and University of Toronro Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A very good segment of testimony from a survivor of Bergen-Belsen and other camps in the War. Our narrator starts her biography by remembering very little, but when formative memories are of her mother fainting from cold and starvation at roll call and the urge to comfort her was stifled for fear of a bullet, the details come back in fine fashion. So it's a great shame that the rest of the book was not offered to us reviewers, and even requesting the full thing – as was suggested on netgalley – A very good segment of testimony from a survivor of Bergen-Belsen and other camps in the War. Our narrator starts her biography by remembering very little, but when formative memories are of her mother fainting from cold and starvation at roll call and the urge to comfort her was stifled for fear of a bullet, the details come back in fine fashion. So it's a great shame that the rest of the book was not offered to us reviewers, and even requesting the full thing – as was suggested on netgalley – lead to silence from publishers who might not be giving this title the respect it deserves. Review (of course) to be updated if they pull their finger out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    leanne hedley

    Thank you so much NetGalley for the ARC of this graphic novel! The advanced copy of the novel that I was luckily enough to receive is one of the 3 stories. Brilliant and heartbreaking story of a young person life during the holocaust. This graphic novel was such a beautiful quick read about Emmie Arbel fight for survival at such a young age and how she survived the tragic events that nearly lead her to losing her life to typhus. But then she managed to live on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nina.K

    Both gentle and brutal. The storytelling feels honest. It's down-to-earth, and yet deeply profound. I enjoyed the art style and the author's voice. The story of the survivor is told with respect. We not only get to hear and see her terrific experience, but also get to view her personality and her life afterward. We get to see snippets of how the experience has affected her throughout her life for better and for worse, and how certain traumas are too deep to expunge. Both gentle and brutal. The storytelling feels honest. It's down-to-earth, and yet deeply profound. I enjoyed the art style and the author's voice. The story of the survivor is told with respect. We not only get to hear and see her terrific experience, but also get to view her personality and her life afterward. We get to see snippets of how the experience has affected her throughout her life for better and for worse, and how certain traumas are too deep to expunge.

  9. 4 out of 5

    BespectacledBookGirl

    I received an ARC of the third memoir in this breathtakingly illustrated collection edited by Charlotte Schallié: “But I Live,” told by Barbara Yelin and Emmie Arbel. What gripped me about this story was Emmie’s palpable trauma, no less severe in her elderly years than during her Holocaust girlhood. Barbara’s illustrations are rendered in thick brush strokes, thick like Emmie’s pain, brain fog, thick like the viscous memories she trudges through in order to relay her memories of being tortured i I received an ARC of the third memoir in this breathtakingly illustrated collection edited by Charlotte Schallié: “But I Live,” told by Barbara Yelin and Emmie Arbel. What gripped me about this story was Emmie’s palpable trauma, no less severe in her elderly years than during her Holocaust girlhood. Barbara’s illustrations are rendered in thick brush strokes, thick like Emmie’s pain, brain fog, thick like the viscous memories she trudges through in order to relay her memories of being tortured in Ravensbrück. Barbara deftly handles the conversational exchanges between Emmie and her interviewers by alternating color palettes. Alternating memory frames and present day frames hauntingly relays the experience of traumatic flashbacks. She sometimes leaves Emmie alone in the frame, the unoccupied space translating the sensation of dissociating after being lost in horrible thoughts. I have read other trauma memoirs and other Holocaust memoirs. While all important and powerful in their own ways, But I Live did something I have not personally encountered yet in this genre: the authors and editors are bold to leave in the narrator’s defeated admissions, “I don’t remember.” Those who would be so corrupt as to deny the very real existence and horrors of the Holocaust could easily point to this as “proof” that these stories aren’t real. Those of us who have experienced any sort of trauma (and who believe these survivors) know, however, that “I don’t remember” is the most honest, most devastating admission of one’s trauma. Not remembering is a biological act of self-preservation; the mind erases what it cannot compute. I learned this while undergoing EMDR for my own mind’s erasures. I am sure many, many readers, from all walks of life having survived all manner of traumas, and even those who haven’t, will feel the resonance of Emmie’s simple bravery to admit that she sometimes cannot remember. In one frame, the narrator, reaching for the emotional pressure release valve in the conversation, hopefully asks Emmie about Liberation and, astoundingly, is answered: “I don’t remember.” And that is the nature of trauma: it distills every good memory adjacent to the lived horror to an empty void that reaches around towards memories beyond those relentlessly playing on loop, unable to grasp an escape. But I Live, releasing this May 24 in a critical edition including historical essays as well, will surely emerge as a significant work of memory keeping and historical advocacy for survivors of the Holocaust and their families.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This collection will have three stories of children who survived the holocaust, but the edition suplies by the publisher only had one story. It was a haunting story just the same. Because the survivors are dying off, their stories have to be told, and this one juxtaposed showing how she is in the modern world, with how it was at the concentration camp, where her mother died. She tells the story with gaps, that the illustration fills in. Beautiful watercolors. Terrible things that happened, but be This collection will have three stories of children who survived the holocaust, but the edition suplies by the publisher only had one story. It was a haunting story just the same. Because the survivors are dying off, their stories have to be told, and this one juxtaposed showing how she is in the modern world, with how it was at the concentration camp, where her mother died. She tells the story with gaps, that the illustration fills in. Beautiful watercolors. Terrible things that happened, but beautiful watercolors. I expect the other two stories are just as haunting and beautiful. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    **Disclaimer: I recieved a free teaser eARC of But I Live by Miriam Libicki through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for this opportunity. But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust by Miriam Libicki is a collection of graphic novellas about children who survived the Holocaust.  The eARC is read was a sneak peak that contained just the first novella.  I rated it four stars on Goodreads.  It is set to be published on May 24th, 2 **Disclaimer: I recieved a free teaser eARC of But I Live by Miriam Libicki through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for this opportunity. But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust by Miriam Libicki is a collection of graphic novellas about children who survived the Holocaust.  The eARC is read was a sneak peak that contained just the first novella.  I rated it four stars on Goodreads.  It is set to be published on May 24th, 2022. Here's the summary from Goodreads: An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust. David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their parents and hidden by the Dutch resistance in thirteen different places. Through the story of Emmie Arbel, a child survivor of the Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, we see the lifelong trauma inflicted by the Holocaust. To complement these hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable visual stories, But I Live includes historical essays, an illustrated postscript from the artists, and personal words from each of the survivors. As we urgently approach the post-witness era without living survivors of the Holocaust, these illustrated stories act as a physical embodiment of memory and help to create a new archive for future readers. By turning these testimonies into graphic novels, But I Live aims to teach new generations about racism, antisemitism, human rights, and social justice. As mentioned above, I was only able to read a short part of the graphic novella collection, but honestly it was a very well written and designed story.  The art style was really lovely and really suited the emotional tone of the story.  I appreciated the colours and the design of each of the people that were included in the story. The story itself was really beautiful and I liked how you saw the present of the survivor but also saw their story played out.  It had a lot of emotional resonance.  I found myself wanting more and to hear in even greater detail about this person.   I do wish that I had been able to read the other two novellas in order to get a full image of the collection, but what I read was really interesting, and I think it's a must read.  You should definitely check it out when it publishes in May.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! But I Live, edited by Charlotte Schallié, is a collection of three autobiographical graphic novellas created by survivors of the Holocaust. Each graphic novella features the experiences of a child going through the Holocaust. According to the description, "the recent rise in antisemitic behaviour around the globe amplifies the need for more Holocaust survivor-centred stories." I'm so happy to support this book Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! But I Live, edited by Charlotte Schallié, is a collection of three autobiographical graphic novellas created by survivors of the Holocaust. Each graphic novella features the experiences of a child going through the Holocaust. According to the description, "the recent rise in antisemitic behaviour around the globe amplifies the need for more Holocaust survivor-centred stories." I'm so happy to support this book, because I think that it's so essential to learn about these atrocities so that we can prevent them from happening again. Overall, But I Live is a riveting look into Nazi concentration camps. I was sent one of the three stories to review. One highlight of the story was the beautiful watercolor-like artwork. I loved reading the story because of the gorgeous art. Another highlight was the poignant and touching story. I felt myself getting emotional as I read about the author's experiences in the Ravensbruck concentration camp as a child. I can see this graphic novel being taught in classrooms everywhere. If you're intrigued by the description, you won't regret checking out this book when it comes out in May!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! This was a true work of art. But i Live features three novellas of retellings of Holocaust survivor's stories. Each person who requested the ARC was given one of the three stories to review and I was given "But I Live" which features artwork by Barbara Yelin and is a re-telling by Emmie Arbel. First things first, this story was haunting, It was certainly a novella, very short, but the pacing f Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! This was a true work of art. But i Live features three novellas of retellings of Holocaust survivor's stories. Each person who requested the ARC was given one of the three stories to review and I was given "But I Live" which features artwork by Barbara Yelin and is a re-telling by Emmie Arbel. First things first, this story was haunting, It was certainly a novella, very short, but the pacing felt right. I liked that they included the interview as part of the story, it really made everything connect perfectly. Emmie Arbel isn't weak, she's so very strong. You can see how certain parts of her life will never be the same following the events that happened. Now for Yelin's artwork? I am absolutely stunned. The cover image alone for the story is jaw-dropping - I spent a good five minutes looking it over. The use of digital art to create intense oil-like paintings is such an incredible effect. I would highly recommend this graphic novel! I would love to see what the other stories hold as well!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    A dark and haunting non-fiction graphic novella about the Holocaust. This particular installment tells the story of Emmie Arbel, who was deported to the Westerbork, Ravensbrück, and Bergen-Belsen camps when she was 5 years ago. Despite being a quick read of less than 40 pages, it's a heartwrenching tale about the horrors of war and its long-lasting effects. The watercolour art style added a layer of bleakness to an already sombre story. I was a little disappointed to find that the digital arc I r A dark and haunting non-fiction graphic novella about the Holocaust. This particular installment tells the story of Emmie Arbel, who was deported to the Westerbork, Ravensbrück, and Bergen-Belsen camps when she was 5 years ago. Despite being a quick read of less than 40 pages, it's a heartwrenching tale about the horrors of war and its long-lasting effects. The watercolour art style added a layer of bleakness to an already sombre story. I was a little disappointed to find that the digital arc I read is just one of three installments as I thought it would be the full book. There was none of the illustrated postscript and personal afterwords from the survivors as mentioned in the synopsis. Overall, it was too short of a book for me to be fully invested despite the strong and impactful account from Emmie. Thank you to University of Toronto Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    gingerfordays

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. This is an emotional and impactful graphic novel about three survivors of the Holocaust, however the eARC version provided to me only included the last story about Emmie Arbel, so my thoughts and opinions will only concern her story for now. I read a quote once that said something about the duality of the art of doing things, but also the art of leaving things undone. This is very simila Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. This is an emotional and impactful graphic novel about three survivors of the Holocaust, however the eARC version provided to me only included the last story about Emmie Arbel, so my thoughts and opinions will only concern her story for now. I read a quote once that said something about the duality of the art of doing things, but also the art of leaving things undone. This is very similar in the way that Emmie tells a descriptive and powerful recounting of her time spent in Ravensbrück concentration camp and her life since. She expresses an impressive amount of heart, humanity, and horror without saying hardly anything detailed. I am very interested in the other two stories, and I will be purchasing myself a copy when this comes out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ting Z.

    *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-ARC This is not representative of the whole book as only one story is provided in the e-ARC, but I do like what is presented. The present day interspersed with Emmie Arbel's childhood ordeal of being in an internment camp provides not only an interestingly juxtaposing effect, the seamless transition between the two also illustrates the long-lasting impact the experience has on Arbel and many other Holocaust survivors alike. The art, with its pain *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-ARC This is not representative of the whole book as only one story is provided in the e-ARC, but I do like what is presented. The present day interspersed with Emmie Arbel's childhood ordeal of being in an internment camp provides not only an interestingly juxtaposing effect, the seamless transition between the two also illustrates the long-lasting impact the experience has on Arbel and many other Holocaust survivors alike. The art, with its painting-like quality, can be harrowing - especially in the splash pages. Nevertheless, I feel like there could have been more depth or detail to the story; it seems like only the surface is explored as of now. Of course, straddling the line between telling a story and exploiting a survivor's traumatic experience can be tricky. Still, I think this will be a good addition to the existing graphic novels about the Holocaust.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiphaine

    || Thank you to NetGalley and University of Toronto Press for providing me this arc in exchange for an honest review ! || The eARC I received only had the story called "But I Live", and I wish I was able to read the whole book with the different stories and the informations we could get after (according to the content table). It was touching to see how Ima is still traumatized, haunted by what happened to her and her family, even in daily moments like having to be in a specific spot when ins || Thank you to NetGalley and University of Toronto Press for providing me this arc in exchange for an honest review ! || The eARC I received only had the story called "But I Live", and I wish I was able to read the whole book with the different stories and the informations we could get after (according to the content table). It was touching to see how Ima is still traumatized, haunted by what happened to her and her family, even in daily moments like having to be in a specific spot when inside a coffee shop or not being able to eat something she got forced to when younger. Her story is touching in a way that she sees herself as strong (and she is!) and not weak, how she doesn't like the word 'survivor'. I liked the illustration and how everything were made, we could see the different timeline with no issue. It fitted really well with how the story was told, really grim and cold.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Kell

    But I Live, edited by Charlotte Schallie, is a poignant first hand account of holocaust survivors coupled with striking illustrations by four graphic novelists. I was able to read the story of Emmie Arbel, who experienced the horrors of two concentration camps as a child. The art in this story was done in a few tones and very fluid like watercolors. It created a muted but dignified atmosphere of respect for the difficult story Emmie recounted. This book is highly emotional and made me pause to t But I Live, edited by Charlotte Schallie, is a poignant first hand account of holocaust survivors coupled with striking illustrations by four graphic novelists. I was able to read the story of Emmie Arbel, who experienced the horrors of two concentration camps as a child. The art in this story was done in a few tones and very fluid like watercolors. It created a muted but dignified atmosphere of respect for the difficult story Emmie recounted. This book is highly emotional and made me pause to think about the full impact of the holocaust and it's generational trauma. Beautiful and haunting, I give this graphic novel five stars and recommend anyone who is able to read it and learn about how such a terrible historical event is still affecting the world today. ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Absalom

    I could only access one of the three stories, "If I live," but immensely enjoyed it. I think this is a story that just about anyone can read (and should really), where we see live accounts of living during and in the holocaust. It was devastating and contrasted with episodes situated in the modern-day as we see the personal history unfold. The art style presented as a mixed medium, a perfect blend of cool tones that created haunting imagery that resonated with the theme and topic of discussion; d I could only access one of the three stories, "If I live," but immensely enjoyed it. I think this is a story that just about anyone can read (and should really), where we see live accounts of living during and in the holocaust. It was devastating and contrasted with episodes situated in the modern-day as we see the personal history unfold. The art style presented as a mixed medium, a perfect blend of cool tones that created haunting imagery that resonated with the theme and topic of discussion; during sections where the holocaust came into focus, I was awed by the artistry. It was haunting. I will get my hands on the entire book because I don't want to miss out on the other stories. Thank you for the eARC in exchange for an honest review, Netgalley and The University of Toronto Press.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    *Thank you NetGalley and University of Toronto Press for this eARC in exchange for an honest review* But I Live is a collection of short graphic novellas detailing the lives of children who witnessed the Holocaust. Due to limitations of file sizes, I received only one of the stories which was also titled ‘But I Live’ The artistry in this novella is stunning and emotional. Following along to the vulnerability of Emmie Arbel took my breath away. This collection would be a beautiful personal detailin *Thank you NetGalley and University of Toronto Press for this eARC in exchange for an honest review* But I Live is a collection of short graphic novellas detailing the lives of children who witnessed the Holocaust. Due to limitations of file sizes, I received only one of the stories which was also titled ‘But I Live’ The artistry in this novella is stunning and emotional. Following along to the vulnerability of Emmie Arbel took my breath away. This collection would be a beautiful personal detailing for younger and older audiences alike. Much to how Emmie says she’s never liked the title of survivor, her story shows she is a fighter and rebellion. I’m looking forward to the rest of the collection as I’m sure they’ll be equally stunning in visual art and words.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy (cozyreadswithcass)

    This review will only cover one story within this graphic novel, as the eARC only featured one. The excerpt I read was haunting and sad, following Emmie Arbel who is a Holocaust survivor, telling her story to a young interviewer. The first aspect of this novel that caught my eye was the art style - I loved the watercolour art style, and combined with the beautiful blues and greens featured in this novel, it was beautiful to read. The story itself is heartbreaking and easy to follow. This story m This review will only cover one story within this graphic novel, as the eARC only featured one. The excerpt I read was haunting and sad, following Emmie Arbel who is a Holocaust survivor, telling her story to a young interviewer. The first aspect of this novel that caught my eye was the art style - I loved the watercolour art style, and combined with the beautiful blues and greens featured in this novel, it was beautiful to read. The story itself is heartbreaking and easy to follow. This story made me emotional as you are placed in the shoes of a young child in the Holocaust. I will definitely be looking for a completed copy of this book once published!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid Stephens

    Heartbreaking. A woman who was in the concentration camps, she does not remember but she knows what she went through. Watching her family be ripped apart, her mother die just days after the liberation, but the words that hit me the hardest is when she speaks of being so ill she knew she was dying, and that thought brought her happiness...but she lived. This is just as powerful as Maus and will probably be banned as well. Buy your copy so these stories never disappear. Thanks to @netgalley, Barbara Heartbreaking. A woman who was in the concentration camps, she does not remember but she knows what she went through. Watching her family be ripped apart, her mother die just days after the liberation, but the words that hit me the hardest is when she speaks of being so ill she knew she was dying, and that thought brought her happiness...but she lived. This is just as powerful as Maus and will probably be banned as well. Buy your copy so these stories never disappear. Thanks to @netgalley, Barbara Yellin, Emmie Arbel, University of Toronto Press, and New Jewish Press for allowing me the opportunity to read this eArc in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bengali Girl

    A very personal take on the experience of living during World War II. I was able to read one of the three novellas of this series and am curious to read the rest. The story is beautifully illustrated and told through the eyes of a child who is not quite aware of the gravity of her situation. Her innocence is shown through remembrance and how she put together the piece once she became older. It seems she has survivors guilt but feels lucky to have endured and survived through it all. Thank you #N A very personal take on the experience of living during World War II. I was able to read one of the three novellas of this series and am curious to read the rest. The story is beautifully illustrated and told through the eyes of a child who is not quite aware of the gravity of her situation. Her innocence is shown through remembrance and how she put together the piece once she became older. It seems she has survivors guilt but feels lucky to have endured and survived through it all. Thank you #NetGalley, University of Toronto Press and New Jewish Press for giving me the opportunity to read this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abril

    Thanks to Netgalley for provinding me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I took the worst decision and read it AT WORK. IT MADE ME CRY AT WORK. It wasn't even complete. I was reading an ARC with only the last part and I was so moved by it. So beautifully written. The illustrations were amazing. Congrats to the authors. I honestly can't wait to read the full version of it. Love to have stories like this as graphic novels. Emotional, raw, beautiful, sad and perfectly framed. Thanks to Netgalley for provinding me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I took the worst decision and read it AT WORK. IT MADE ME CRY AT WORK. It wasn't even complete. I was reading an ARC with only the last part and I was so moved by it. So beautifully written. The illustrations were amazing. Congrats to the authors. I honestly can't wait to read the full version of it. Love to have stories like this as graphic novels. Emotional, raw, beautiful, sad and perfectly framed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    michaela leigh reads

    thank you to NetGalley and University of Toronto Press for providing me with a excerpt of this collection as an eARC for review. i read "But I Live" the story of Barbara Yelin and Emmie Arbel and it was haunting and explored the emotions of grief and blame of a holocaust survivor. the art style was beautiful watercolour which perfectly depicted the spiralling emotions of recounting this trauma. i am interested in completing this collection as this excerpt was superb. thank you to NetGalley and University of Toronto Press for providing me with a excerpt of this collection as an eARC for review. i read "But I Live" the story of Barbara Yelin and Emmie Arbel and it was haunting and explored the emotions of grief and blame of a holocaust survivor. the art style was beautiful watercolour which perfectly depicted the spiralling emotions of recounting this trauma. i am interested in completing this collection as this excerpt was superb.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ayearinbookswithzoe

    The artwork in this book is very beautiful. It really fits the tone of the story and helps to visualize the experience of what it was like for a child. I feel like the way it is written and illustrated helped me to be more drawn into the story. I feel that this does an excellent job of demonstrating the confusion a child experienced. I also think this would be more approachable for a child to start to understand the Holocaust.

  27. 5 out of 5

    El (Ermreading)

    TWs: Self harm, holocaust, internment, suicide, child abuse I only got to read one of the 3 stories in this ARC but the one that I read was fantastically written, superbly drawn and deeply haunting. The art style is like a gorgeous watercolour painting and it lends itself so well to the story being told. I'm highly anticipating being able to read the rest of this collection as the sample I read was phenomenal Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy of this book TWs: Self harm, holocaust, internment, suicide, child abuse I only got to read one of the 3 stories in this ARC but the one that I read was fantastically written, superbly drawn and deeply haunting. The art style is like a gorgeous watercolour painting and it lends itself so well to the story being told. I'm highly anticipating being able to read the rest of this collection as the sample I read was phenomenal Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy of this book

  28. 5 out of 5

    jof | fictionbyhim

    But I Live is a such a truthful and heartbreaking story, with its utmost watercolor illustrations. The stories were based from the holocaust survivors and their experiences to the sad and painful reality. I only read one of the three stories but I can feel that all of story entries are possibly poignant and remarkable. (Thank you so much to Netgalley and University of Toronto Press for the advanced copy my way!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    "As a child, you learn to look at it and live with it." Netgalley provided the first of the three stories that comprise this book for early readers, and if it is anything to judge by, this is a remarkable and necessary book. The first story is incredibly moving, and the art ably portrays the horrors of life for children in Nazi concentration camps, as well as how its lingering memory continues to shape the lives of survivors. "As a child, you learn to look at it and live with it." Netgalley provided the first of the three stories that comprise this book for early readers, and if it is anything to judge by, this is a remarkable and necessary book. The first story is incredibly moving, and the art ably portrays the horrors of life for children in Nazi concentration camps, as well as how its lingering memory continues to shape the lives of survivors.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tayla

    I received an e-arc of this graphic novel on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The arc copy only contained one of the stories but was gorgeously put together. The artwork is a gorgeous watercolour style and I would love to read more in order to see all of the people’s stories. Hopefully I can better add to this review once I can get a copy of the full graphic novel and read the full thing.

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