Deutschland. ein Bilderbuch

Kreitz, Isabel. Deutschland. Ein Bilderbuch. Köln: DuMont Buchverlag.

ISBN-13: 978-3-8321-9621-9

The book consists of one page comic interpretations of events in German history, some mainstream, some more obscure. On the left hand page of each entry, Kreitz offers a brief summary or introduction to the graphic page.

Sample Text:   Kreitz’s caption: “Manns erste Deutschlandvisite. 1949. Erstmals nach 16 Jahren im Exil besucht der Schriftsteller Thomas Mann Deutschland, um am 25. Juli in Frankfurt den Goethe-Preis der Stadt entgegenzunehmen. Eine Woche später erhält er in Weimar den eigens ins Leben gerufenen Goethe Nationalpreis der DDR und hält die Frankfurter Rede noch einmal.”   

From the first frames of the accompanying comic page featuring Thomas Mann: “…ich kenne keine Zonen, mein Besuch gilt Deutschland selbst, Deutschland als ganzem und keinem Besatzungsgebiet! Wer sollte die Einheit Deutschlands gewährleisten und darstellen, wenn nicht ein unabhängiger Schriftsteller dessen wahre Heimat, wie ich sagte, die freie, von Besatzungen unberührte deutsche Sprache ist.”

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Instructors could use these single pages to supplement other cultural or historical information learned in class.  For example, one page features women talking about the newly granted Frauenrechte.  Students could describe the visual aspects picture and then move on to answering questions about this page as an episode in the history of women’s rights in Germany. Finally, students could move on to analyses of the pages as works of art and interpretations in their own right.

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Spiegel Online Review

teenThere is nothing objectionable in the subject matter, but some of it is written at a high linguistic level or requires extensive cultural knowledge.

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