Marianne Lieberman
Marianne Lieberman asked Dave Schaafsma:

Where did you come across "Charlotte Diary In Pictures" It is my favorite artist's work. I am a Holocaust survivor and artist and writer. Would you like to read my book "Aftershocks" ? I was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. Amazon and Barnes&Noble have b/w edition. I own a small edition in color. Good to meet you via Charlotte Salomon. Marianne Lieberman

Dave Schaafsma Hi, Marianne. It's an honor to hera from you! I found Charlotte Diary in Pictures" through my library system here in the western suburbs of Chicago. A lot of the books I read are things I find in my Goodreads feed that people are reading and love. A few people had just read and loved her book, Life or Theatre? and I tried to get it, but no one in the Chicago area could find it for me. Yet. Will look again.

So I did see her Diary listed and I thought it was fabulous. My interest in it stemmed initially from the idea of a diary or journal in pictures; I am a kind of student of what people are calling now graphic memoirs, or comics memoirs, and someone named this as an early example of that, and I agree it is.

My interest in the Holocaust I think began with reading American postwar Jewish authors such as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Malamud, Roth, who led me to survivor literature, studies of the camps. I'm agnostic now, but when I first was teaching English in 1975 I taught Rabbi Chaim Potok's The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev to my Dutch Reformed high school students, and we looked at Life Magazine's pictorial of Hasidic life in Brooklyn to help us understand what I understood to be extreme religious devotion by the ultra-orthodox Jews there. I was, after all, teaching ultra-orthodox Christians who were also struggling, as Asher Lev was, with how to live IN the world and yet not OF the world.

I would love to read Aftershocks and am going to read it, as soon as possible, so I can have the honor of talking with you about it. Again, I am thrilled you contacted me; I will read it!

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