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For Justice: The Serge & Beate Klarsfeld Story

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For Justice: The Serge and Beate Klarsfeld story is a graphic novel adaptation of the memoirs of the Klarsfelds, looking at the years of work they did hunting nazis, as well as revealing personal aspects of their lives. The story of the Klarsfelds is a fascinating one and it adapts well to the comics format. I felt like I really got to be a part of the history they made and to understand their lives. The art was solid, the writing was solid, and the book told a completely engrossing story. I did find that it jumped around in the timeline in ways I didn't love, but truly a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things. I felt like this book (along with other books on nazis and fascism I have read recently) really helped me unpack my incorrect ideas about what happened to the nazis after WWII (they did not disappear as I've often been led to believe). It's overall a great book, and I definitely recommend it.
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After various surveys that have been introduced that showed that people had no knowledge of the Holocaust, this is an incredible story of perseverance for justice in a graphic novel format for people of all ages.

On a personal level, I appreciate any real life ‘power couple’ story.
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I'd never heard of the Klarsfelds before, but the topic of Nazi hunters interested me. I enjoyed reading about this slice of history.
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Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld seek out justice for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Fascinating to read about them and all the work they put into nazi hunting. Highly recommend.
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The remarkable, true story of Nazi hunters Serge & Beate Klarsfeld! I had never heard of them prior to reading this story. I'm very glad to have read this book, knowing now what amazing work they did in helping to bring prominent Nazis to justice.
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This book was such a great opportunity to learn about a couple of heroes that I have never come across in prior reading. The illustrations were great. The only qualm I had was the way in which the timeline was a bit confusing in the beginning.
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"I sought justice passionately and I hope I contributed to establishing historical truth".
"Remember those who fight can lose...but those who never fight have already lost".

Beate Kunkel, an au pair and Serge Klarsfeld, a political science university student have a chance encounter at a Paris Metro station in 1960. Coffee, conversation and an exchange of ideas follow. Serge, of French Jewish descent, shares his family history. His father was rounded up by the German police in Nice in 1943 while Serge, his sister and mother hid behind a partition in a small closet. "I was supposed to be on the same deportation. I wasn't, thanks to my father. I had the feeling of having this supplementary life. I had to use it" [Serge Klarsfeld]. Beate, a Lutheran German stated, "Where I come from, no one ever talks about what the Third Reich did, we bury our heads in the sand and pretend we've moved on" [Beate Karsfeld]. Serge and Beate team up in marriage and in a tireless attempt to "help restore the truth".

Starting in the late 1960's, although WW II had ended two decades before, Serge and Beate Karsfeld embarked upon a crusade to unmask Nazi war criminals, some convicted in absentia. Many were living "cushy" lives, some in plain sight, others in foreign countries under new identities.
In 1968, it started with a slap. "The slap was symbolic, Kiesinger's crimes were real". At a full session of the Bonn Parliament, Chancellor Kiesinger was speaking. Beate had "the audacity to interrupt his speech shouting, 'Kiesinger, Nazi, Resign'." "...many people consider [her] a hero with one slap...".

Their lives often in danger, their finances stretched beyond belief, however, they persevered in hunting for the biggest bureaucratic criminals, those whose signatures were placed on deportation convoys. Finally, a game changer! An order signed by Klaus Barbie to transfer a convoy of 44 children and 7 teachers from a children's home in Izieu to Auschwitz. In 1993, "French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial" was published in France. "The world knows the face of Anne Frank. Here are the faces of children,...a tiny fraction soon to be killed".

"For Justice: The Serge & Berte Klarsfeld Story" by Pascal Bresson is a historical graphic novel describing the Klarsfeld's quest to bring Nazi criminals to justice and to hold the Vichy government accountable for the role it played in WW II. The artwork by Sylvain Dorange is finely detailed in muted colors, adding to the eye appeal of the novel. Author and illustrator are to be commended.

Thank you Humanoids Inc, Life Drawn and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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