Two researchers from Texas Tech University, Robert G. Weiner and Lynne Fallwell, were recently published in the Routledge History of the Holocaust. Routledge covers, among other things, how the Holocaust has influenced culture. Weiner and Fallwell’s article focuses on the use of comics to illustrate the stories of the Holocaust.
Why the focus on comics? The two researchers see comics as able to impart the stories of the Holocaust in a way that fully engages the audience like no other media. In an article in Texas Tech Today, Robert G. Weiner is quoted as saying, “With the sequential art format you are engaged with both sides of the brain, by interpreting the visual with the right brain and the narrative with the left.”
Weiner and Fallwell’s contribution to the Routledge History of the Holocaust concerns the long and important history of the art form as it relates to the Holocaust. It draws attention to a fifteen page comic called Mickey Mouse in the Gurs Internment Camp by Horst Rosenthal who was a prisoner at Auschwitz. It also talks at length about Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, as well as EC Comic’s Impact which featured in its 1955 debut issue a story called “Master Race”. There is also a portion of their article focused on the story of Marvel Comic’s character Magneto.
|Rober G. Weiner and Lynne Fallwell|
Lynne Fallwell add this about the Routledge History of the Holocaust, “It is a top-notch academic press that demands a high standard.”
It is good to see comics being acknowledged as a valid form of expression in academia, especially in this regard.