Continuation and end of the second cycle of the saga devoted to the flight of two Jewish girls, two sisters: Ada and Lucja. The journey takes turns more and more black with theoccupation of the zone free by the Germans, thearrest Ada and her deportation to Auschwitz concentration camp. An excellent comic strip, which speaks the truth without crudely showing the modalities of the extermination, which makes it accessible to the youngest and certainly makes it a very good tool for initiation into the history of Holocaust.
Ada and Lucja, alias Camille and Alice, the two Jewish girls placed by their aunt in the countryside, had to be transferred to the free zone to escape the militia. There, they temporarily find a warm home with Mr and Mrs Zilbermann who take charge of a group of little Jews torn from their families. Unfortunately, the Germans end up invading the free zone, the Zilbermanns are arrested and the children try to flee to Switzerland. Ada is captured and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Shaved, tattooed, the girl quickly experiences hunger, forced labor, extreme fatigue, the cohorts of prisoners who disappear forever, the violence of the guards, but also the bonds of solidarity that bind between prisoners ... Exhausted, and while those to whom she had become attached disappear around her, poor Ada no longer lives except in the hope of finding her little sister.
“La Boîte à souvenirs” is the second volume of the second cycle of “The wild flight”, it therefore forms a complete story with the volume that we presented to you previously: “Alice's rabbit”. Graphically, with Hamo we stay in a childish universe where one does not have to seek the rigor of historical accuracy (for German equipment and weapons for example), but this style sticks to the atmosphere of this saga which follows the journey of young children who are hunted down and who constantly mix cold reality with a world of dreams that is also tormented where soldiers are replaced by wolves. The passage through the Auschwitz camp inevitably makes this volume darker than the previous one, it nevertheless remains perfectly accessible to very young audiences (and this is most certainly the goal): the massacres are said, but not shown , the plates show emaciated faces, but neither gas chambers nor mass graves. It can therefore be a very good first approach for a young person to discover, gradually, what the Shoah was. In this volume, in addition to the concentration camps, two themes are mainly treated: the refusal of the other and forgetting. The theme of the refusal of the other appears on several occasions, and shows that it should not be summed up as German anti-Semitism, the rejection of the Gypsies by the French as well as by the Swiss is mentioned, as is religious intransigence in the even within Judaism between the Orthodox and the rest. The question of memory, which gives the comic book its title, is particularly interesting. Laurent Galandon's screenplay deals with the problem of these very young children torn from their families and who keep very few memories of their previous life and sometimes end up forgetting everything ... With time and trauma, the faces of parents are more and more blurry, memories dissipate, some are not even able to say their last name ... It is the tragedy of anonymous children who, even saved, will have great difficulty in finding their parents.
As always, Laurent Galandon therefore tackles the subject not in an original way, raising a particular problem for these deported children. This is a comic strip that will leave no one indifferent, but that we will recommend as a priority to the youngest to discover in a true, but sustainable way, with characters close to them, what the Jewish genocide was.
"The wild flight"
- The White Lady
- The Goshawks
- Alice's Rabbit
- The Memory Box
Screenplay: Laurent Galandon
Designs & Color: Hamo
Collection: Wide Angle