Belonging by Nora Krug


Nora Krug's story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, the simple fact of her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust a...

Details Belonging

Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Comics, Cultural, Germany

Reviews Belonging

  • Emily May
    I slowly began to accept that my knowledge will have limits, that I’ll never know exactly what Willi thought, what he saw or heard, what he decided to do or not to do, what he could have done and failed to do, and why. This is not an easy book to read. It's a graphic memoir of what it was like to grow up in a post-Hitler Germany. In Krug's childhood, the Holocaust looms in the background of everything but is rarely spoken about. The book looks ...
  • Manny
    This is an unusual book, which somehow manages to be both lyrical and extremely matter-of-fact. Nora is German, and although she has lived most of her life in the US and was anyway born long after the events in question, she feels horrible guilt about what her country has done. Over six million people were cruelly murdered; surely a large part of the German population knew about it and in some way were involved. After a while, her initially unspe...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Can I give it an extra star?
  • Tatiana
    This would be a great companion read to Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Both authors try to unearth and record the unspoken, suppressed truths of the WWII. The difference is that Russians were mandated to forget the ugly parts of the war to elevate the winners' narrative of heroism and bravery, and Germans - to hide their guilt and shame, not only from the others, but themselves and their...
  • Carrie Templeton
    I am almost overwhelmed at the depth and intensity of this graphic memoir. My husband is a second generation German American, his father was born in Germany shortly before the end of WWII and his mother is of Jewish heritage. As a child, my husband wasn’t taught German and learned very little of his father’s family, never heard stories of the homeland. Reading this book felt like peeking behind an unspoken curtain into some inkling of my fath...
  • notgettingenough
    Started yesterday, finished this morning: this is the first adult picture book I've wanted to read, and as anticipated, I couldn't put it down.I suppose you could shelve this in some rather specific way. The 'my grandparents were Nazis' memoir shelf. Or the 'ordinary people in the period 1930-1950 in Nazi Germany' shelf. For me, I'd put it under 'everybody should read this'. It asks all the questions, without coming up with any answers. But keepi...
  • Laura
    In "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil is told not to mention the war, but he does, frequently, until the guest break out in tears. At the time, I thought it odd that the germans would be upset about it. As Basil said, they started it.I bring this up, because the author of this story, is one such German, who knows about the war, but it is not talked about, though her father's older brother fought and died in World War II. This memoir of...
  • Bean
    Must write a detailed review later but I have many, many thoughts.- It seems the author's central motivator is ascertaining what amount of guilt and shame she feels (personally, ancestrally, culturally) is actually 'reasonable', based on what her relatives 'did' or 'did not' do. Along the way, the actual suffering of Jewish people in WWII (including intergenerational suffering for their descendants, some of whom she interviews) becomes a backdrop...
  • Moira Macfarlane
    Intrigerend boek, zit erg goed in elkaar en beantwoordt de vraag die ik mijzelf vaak stelde: 'Hoe voelt het (of kan het voelen, want één verhaal maakt niet alle verhalen) om na zo'n allesvernietigende oorlog Duits te zijn.' Nora Krug geboren in 1977, Karlsruhe, haar ouders net na de oorlog en ze is getrouwd met een joodse man. De tweede wereldoorlog hing als een grote stilzwijgende schaduw over haar jeugd en leven. Ze had vragen, ze voelde scha...
  • Elizabeth
    Belonging is an absolutely beautiful memoir full of questions about identity, family and homeland. Nora Krug was born and raised in Germany, in the shadow of World War II. Belonging is a deeply personal memoir about her struggles with German identity, coming to terms with her family history, and exploring the German idea of Heimat, or homeland. Her journey leads her to talking to Holocaust survivors in her new homeland of Brooklyn, traveling with...
  • Rod Brown
    A German American immigrant feels guilty about her home country's perpetration of the Holocaust and starts to investigate family stories to find the truth of how involved her ancestors were in the Nazi party and the German military during World War II.First, I hate when I open a graphic novel and instead find giant blocks of handwritten text wrapping awkwardly around a single spot illustration or a photograph. Some pages Krug doesn't even bother ...
  • Geoffrey
    (Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)Between the real life photos and documents that are mixed with absolutely gorgeous art, and Nora Krug's meticulous documentation of her quest to unravel and understand her family's history, it's impossible to not feel like you were placed in the author's shoes and taken along for every single step of her journey. You will be unsettled by the same questions and worries ...
  • Anni K. Mars
    Einzigartig und interessant.
  • Q
    Belonging by Nora KrugA German Reckons with History and Home. I haven’t rated this yet because I listened to it on audio and still waiting for the graphic novel from library to see the pics/artwork. Nora Krug was the narrator for the audiobook. I really appreciated hearing her voice. Her story. It was a great book. This is a book about a young German woman born a couple generations after WWII and working through her personal shame of being born...
  • Shelly
    Belonging by Nora Krug is a fantastic graphic memoir. It’s a personal story, one about her family, about Germany’s ugly Nazi history, and what it means to be German today. I highly recommend it and it’s so well done inside. Perfect blend of art and text. Just great.
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads BooksThis graphic memoir is a really deep and poignant look at one's self. It's a really heavy topic, but I found it awesome to experience Nora's journey of self-discovery cool to be done in the graphic medium. I also loved that it wasn't a typical graphic novel. The book was drawn as if written in a notebook, and there were even real photos put into it to make it feel more real. On...
  • Jeroen Nijs
    Het boek kwam wat langzaam op gang voor mij, maar dat is mijn eigen schuld, want ik ben niet zo goed met veel namen. Later komt de vaart erin, en raakte ik soms ontroerd.Wat het voor mij bijzonder maakt zijn de vele archiefmaterialen die in de tekeningen verwerkt zijn (hoe vaak zie je nou de naziboekjes die op school gebruikt werden om kinderen te indoctrineren?) Ook de documenten van vlak na de oorlog zijn interessant, want ik wist nog niet zove...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    2.5. Belonging feels like an innovative and unconventional graphic memoir: Krug's pictures and mixed-media are worth looking through in my opinion. The first third of this book had me hooked - I was invested in learning about the author's family. As she attempted to gather stories and government files, I was waiting for the big reveals alongside her. But, for most of the book, there weren't reveals. Overall, I felt this was a scattered story... t...
  • Hannah
    As a present day German-American woman, Nora Krug struggles with her birth country’s past and the guilt associated with WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis. In this personal memoir, Krug seeks to find out her family’s involvement with the Nazis and to reconcile her sense of belonging and home, or “Heimat.”Krug writes and illustrates her memoir like a graphic novel or scrapbook. It is filled with drawings, old family photos, letters, and homewo...
  • Heather
    It's not popular to rate this only a 3, but I have to do it. The illustrations throughout were truly interesting and the best part of the book. I really liked that each page was it's own little surprise of images. The writing though... it dragged. It dragged for so long with little to come of it. You know those movies you watch where they just ramble through a day and there is no real 'story'? That's how this book felt. She has guilt, curiosity, ...
  • Molly
    A fascinating memoir of one woman's attempt to understand and connect with her own past, as well as the complicated past of Germany. It's well worth a read.I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Belinda Carvalho
    I read the edition that's called Heimat. 'Heimat' is a nuanced German word meaning not just home but also including notions of belonging, family and where you really come from. This book is marketed as a graphic novel in the same way that family memoirs such as Mouse and Persepolis are but I felt this book transcended this format and is some kind of an important historical document merged with beautiful modified personal family pictures and text ...
  • Deb
    We all Search: for roots, meaning, answers, stories, purpose. Nora Krug’s Belonging is the author’s journey of making her way back to the German towns her parents and relatives are from and learning their stories. It’s about Searching, Finding her own way, figuring out Collective Guilt, following the bread crumbs, hoping they’ll lead her ‘home.’ This ‘graphic memoir’ engaged me from the moment I opened it. Mesmerizing, creative, d...
  • Hans
    This book really hits home for me. With the art-collage memoir, paging through the book is like discovering a lost treasure trove of German artifacts and German experiences--things known to me and things that ring true to stories told and retold.My father was a child in Germany during the war and lost his father (i.e. my Opa) in the war. While his mother, brother and sister remained in Germany, he emigrated to America during his 20s--a bit of ran...
  • Bob
    Set in Karlsruhe, where my German ancestors happened to originate. Nora Krug felt an intense guilt-by-association, from what happened with the nazis. She tried to come to terms with this by digging into the WW-II activities of her grandparents. Not an easy thing to deal with, but she bravely and thoroughly collected the facts.How does someone resolve such a thing? Even though the events happened before you were born, what are you supposed to thin...
  • Sarah
    A German woman comes to terms with her country's past, while trying to determine the meaning of home.German people do not like to go around waving their country's flag or singing their country's national anthem, because they understand the negative connotation of German nationalism. They get that their country murdered many many innocent people. They get that many of their grandparents were culpable in the murdering of those many many people. Lik...
  • Bruce Katz
    I’m not sure how to rate a book like this, what kinds of criteria to use. The author, a German expatriate married to a Jewish husband, has created a strikingly original work — a chimera — of enormous power, grace, and courage. Drawings, photographs, documents, and words are brought together in such a way as to capture the emotional complexity of her quest to discover her family’s lives (and, to a very real extent, the lives of other Germa...
  • Jessica Samuelson
    This was such a stunning book for me. “Stunning” in that it affected me in a way I did not expect.I have read lots of books about WWII—non-fiction, fiction, children’s & YA books, even a couple graphic novels/memoirs. Despite all that though, I had never given much thought to how that time period affects modern Germans. When I thought of post-war Germany at all it was mostly in relation to the Berlin Wall.With Nora as my guide, however, I...
  • Cristina
    This graphic novel was on a list of best books somewhere so I requested the local library purchase it. I love them in part because they have never turned my requests down. It's about a thirty-something German woman living in NYC who feels guilt for her German roots and digs into her ancestry to figure out if she has Nazis in her family tree. I like the concept and she does a thorough job of shaking down all the family members who are still living...