In recent years, more and more comics have been created that address serious historical and political topics.
This has also led to such comics increasingly being referred to as graphic novels.
Not later than with Art Spiegelman’s Maus it became clear that comics can make an important contribution even to dealing with the Holocaust.
In this live stream Jakob Hoffmann talks to the renowned comic artists Barbara Yelin and Tobias Dahmen about their works and about the biographies of ordinary people during the war.
The two artists present their works and give insight into the genesis and sketches of their current works.
They discuss fundamental decisions which they have to make when producing their books:
about the approach, about the depiction of violence and suffering, but also about fiction.
They discuss whether comics are capable of making an important contribution to an educational process that promotes something like learning from history.

Jakob Hoffman, Germany

organizes comic events and publishes the children’s comic magazine “Polle”. In 2017 he founded “Yippie”, the first children’s comic festival in Germany. With “Stories & Strips”, a series of events in Frankfurt, he invites comic artists from all over the world to discuss their comics. He curated several exhibitions of contemporary and outsider art as well as the exhibition “Holocaust in Comic” at the Anne Frank Educational Center in Frankfurt am Main

Tobias Dahmen, Netherlands