Auschwitz Foundation - Seminar “Violence, remembrance and transmission through comics”, on March 7 and 8, 2013

Seminar “Violence, mémoire et transmission à travers la bande dessinée”  [Violence, remembrance and transmission through comics], on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8, hosted by Michel Kichka and Luba Jurgenson in Brussels in the building of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

On Thursday 7th of March – Michel Kichka (Illustrator, Cartoonist, Lecturer at the School of Arts of Jerusalem)
Author of:  Deuxième génération: Ce que je n'ai pas dit à mon père (Dargaud, 2012)

From 10 AM  to 5 PM in the “Salle Ingberg”




Second-generation is not a settlement of scores with History. It is an autobiographical account in which Michel Kichka traces out the key snapshots of his childhood, his youth and a life in the shadow of the Holocaust, from Belgium’s flat landscape to the Promised Land, and going through nightmares, funny memories, moments of happiness and acts of liberation.

Kichka is a famous Israeli author and an eminent cartoonist, and does not only enthusiastically support peace in the Middle East, but is also the son of a man who was the only survivor of his family after the war. When he was 20 years old, his father came back in Belgium, his native country. He had two daughters and two sons, but he also had a very burdensome personal story. Because of that, his children thought of little else but to liberate themselves from it, each in his own way. With a unique and touching tone, a personal and poignant story, Second-generation is a graphic novel halfway between an account and a historical documentary. It is a splendid and puzzling comic strip.


Article “The Double Pain of a Deportee’s Son”, published in Actualité de l’Histoire, June 2012, p. 96.




On Friday 8th of March – Luba Jurgenson (Paris-Sorbonne / CRAL - EHESS)
Recent publications: Des témoins aux héritiers, la Shoah et la culture européenne (ed. in collaboration with Alexandre Prstojevic), Petra, 2012; Art et Propagande, Jeux Inter-dits (ed. in collaboration with Philippe Mesnard), Kimé / Auschwitz Foundation, 2011; Création et tyrannie, Sulliver, 2009.

From 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in the “Salle Lucia de Brouckère”


  • Presentation of problems related to remembrance processing of historical violence in comics: What specific narrative and referential for this medium?
    – Corpus, actors (speaker, narrator, characters) repository device, cognitive dimension (knowledge building, transmission).
  • Analysis of the image in its relation to the text: how does what is shown interfere with what is being said, the question of the point of view, the spaces of the unspoken.
  • The cartoonist investigator: cartoon and archive, collection of testimonies.
  • Comics and remembrance policies.
  • Comics as document: analysis of images produced during detention.
    – Presentation of the work of Efrosinia Kersnovskaïa on her detention in the camps of the Gulag and relegation.
    – The point of view of a guard of the Gulag. Presentation of Danzig Baldaev‘s work.

Practical information

Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Ingberg Room (March 7) & Lucia de Brouckère Room (March 8)
Boulevard Léopold II, 44

€40 (entire seminar)
€20 (for one day)

Registration Form (pdf in French) (pdf in Dutch) – Registration required




Please confirm your attendance by contacting the Remembrance of Auschwitz – Johan Puttemans

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