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Auschwitz /
Pascal Croci.
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
87 p.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
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Translated from the French.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-07-01:
Like Joe Kubert's shattering Yossel, this bleak book relates the terror of life and death in a Nazi extermination camp. The story opens in 1993 (not 1933, per a confusing typo in the review copy), as the Polish couple Kazik and Cessia begin to reveal to each other, after a lifelong silence, their experiences while separated in Auschwitz. Hoping to glimpse his seemingly doomed daughter one last time, Kazik becomes a sonderkommando (a prisoner charged with clearing out the gas chambers after mass killings). He does see her, but her tragic fate remains unknown until Cessia reveals it. Croci interviewed Auschwitz survivors about their imprisonment, and his realistic and detailed black-and-white art, shaded with somber grays, reflects his extensive research. The depictions of piled, burning corpses in the gas chamber are not for children or for the faint-hearted of any age. But this is recommended for older teens and adults, as a reminder of something that must not be forgotten. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Using the fictional story of a couple named Kazik and Cessia who lose a daughter at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp and barely survive themselves, Pascal Croci depicts the horror and brutality of the Holocaust in grim, searing, black-and-white illustrations.
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In this gripping graphic novel, artist Pascal Croci tells the horrifying story of the World War II concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Based on extensive interviews with concentration camp survivors, the fictional story of a couple who lose a daughter at the camp and barely survive themselves is told with the immediacy and reality of actual historical events.

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