33rd Jewish Culture Days Munich  Reading with Illustration & Music: »Heimat. Ein deutsches Familienalbum« (»Belonging. A German Reckons with History and Home«) by Nora Krug Sunnyi Melles (li.) / Nora Krug (re.) Penguin Verlag (Mitte) , Sunnyi Melles (li.) / Nina Subin (re.)

33rd Jewish Culture Days Munich
Reading with Illustration & Music: »Heimat. Ein deutsches Familienalbum« (»Belonging. A German Reckons with History and Home«) by Nora Krug


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Reading of the German edition with author Nora Krug and actor Sunnyi Melles

Followed by a discussion with Nora Krug, Dr hc Charlotte Knobloch, President of Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern, and Rupert Grübl, Head of the Bavarian state agency for political education.

She has been living in New York for over 17 years, is married to an American Jew and feels more German than ever before. Why is that? And who is she anyway? Born in Karlsruhe in 1977, award-winning author and illustrator Nora Krug contemplates what home means to her and digs up her family’s past: What did grandfather’s driving school have to do with the Jewish entrepreneur whose chauffeur he had been before the war? What do the school essays decorated with swastikas say about her uncle, who died in World War II at the age of 18? How can you understand who you are if you don’t know where you’re from? Krug combines her drawn and handwritten illustrated stories with photographs and with archive and flea market finds to create a multilayered graphic memoir. »Belonging« is a unique work of art in which family history meets contemporary history. Vibrant, true and poetically told, it was nominated for  the 2019 German Children’s Literature Award.

Born 1977 in Karlsruhe, Nora Krug studied set design, documentary film making and illustration in Liverpool, Berlin and New York. Her drawings and picture stories regularly appear in major daily newspapers and in magazines, including »The New York Times«, »The Guardian« and »Le Monde diplomatique«. She is a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Maurice Sendak Foundation, among others, and has won numerous prizes. Krug lives in Brooklyn and is Associate Professor of illustration at the Parsons School of Design in New York.

In cooperation with Literaturhandlung München and the Bavarian state agency for political education; with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich
(Gesellschaft zur Förderung jüdischer Kultur und Tradition e. V., Munich)




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