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Mihăilescu, Dana: "Mapping transgenerational memory of the Shoah in third generation graphic narratives. On Amy Kurzweil’s Flying Couch (2016)." In: Journal of Modern Jewish studies 17.1 (2018), S. 93–110.
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Keywords: "Flying Couch", Autobiographie, Comic-Biographie, Holocaust, Judentum, Kurzweil. Amy, USA
Collection: Journal of Modern Jewish studies
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My article examines Amy Kurzweil’s debut graphic memoir, Flying Couch [(2016). New York: Catapult/Black Balloon] and considers how the Holocaust narrative at the core of this graphic narrative is negotiated by the three generations of the Kurzweil family: the artist’s grandmother who was a World War II survivor who escaped the Warsaw ghetto by disguising herself as a gentile, her mother – a survivor’s child who became a psychotherapist in the U.S., and Amy herself, coming of age as a third-generation artist in Brooklyn. I argue that Kurzweil’s multiple images of her Shoah surviving grandmother and the different ways of positioning Bubbe in time and space, and in relation to herself and her mother, highlight an ethical, future-oriented use of mediating forms of Holocaust memories for third-generation artists. I propose that, in this case, the Holocaust is no longer singled out as the paradigmatic event impacting the identity of the third-generation granddaughter of a Shoah survivor, as is the case with the second generation. In Kurzweil’s narrative, this traumatic memory will figure out later as just one aspect of Jewish identity alongside other events of displacement and conflict, affecting the artist’s development and constructing the third-generation’s transcultural memory of the Holocaust.