“A Grandfather Who Fell From Heaven”: A comic for children that takes up the Holocaust

comics A grandfather who fell from the sky tells the encounter between a grandfather and his granddaughter.

About ten-year-old Leah learns that she has a maternal grandfather, Alex Katz, who is arriving from New York and that he will be moving in with her and her parents in Paris.

Briefly annoyed by the secret, then happy at the news, she quickly becomes disillusioned with this grumpy and not very affectionate grandfather. Walking through the old gentleman’s room one evening, she discovers that he is carefully keeping an old photograph of a young woman and a little girl in a frame.

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While her mother refuses to explain to her, she sends her back to her grandfather and the dialogue between the little girl and the man ends during Rosh Hashanah. His dark character actually hides an immense pain: the loss of his first wife Deborah and their daughter Leah in Auschwitz.

Between a visit to the Rodin Museum, a meeting with his old friends with a strong Yiddish accent like him and other moments of sharing between the two, Leah gradually develops a bond with her grandfather and tries to get to know his story better in order to pass it on to be able to

“A Grandfather Who Fell From Heaven,” by Marc Lizano, published by Jungle.

This comic by Marc Lizano, already the author of The Hidden Child, was published by Jungle Editions this month. It was supported by the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah.

It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by the French author Yaël Hassan, a 1997 classic of children’s literature that has received multiple awards. Aimed primarily at a young audience, he re-transcribes with accuracy and tenderness the connection between the two main characters.

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