American Cartoonists: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
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The role played by comic books in fighting fascism is explored in an exhibit spanning almost 70 years.
During the war, superheroes such as Superman, Daredevil, and Captain America did battle with Adolph Hitler and his Nazis. Dr. Seuss, then an editorial cartoonist, depicted Hitler frolicking beneath the swaying bodies of executed Jews.
The postwar years introduced the classic X-Men character Magneto, a Holocaust survivor who uses his superpowers to wreak vengeance on Nazi war criminals. Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as uniformed cats. It became the first graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize.
The exhibit was created by the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at New York’s Queensborough Community College and is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education with funding from Jewish Leadership, Education, Action and Development at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.