Miles's Reviews > Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
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Dec 30, 12

Read in December, 2012

The biography of the artist Lily Renee Wilheim is rendered in graphic form. The result is a really good little graphic life story with a Holocaust background, yet which is not "about" the Holocaust as such. It provides a quick historical introduction to many facets of the Second World War and the refugee experience, through the eyes of an Austrian Jewish girl from a prosperous family who was rescued by the kindertransports to England, and later was reunited with her parents in America, in the early 1940s. She became a comic book artist in New York, and later moved on to other forms of art. It really conveys the experience of escape, of loss, of confusion through the eyes of a young teen. I found it very moving, and nicely illustrated. It would be a good introduction to a difficult topic for young teens, and is inspiring for a person of any age, as a story of creating oneself as an artist.
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