Ken KrimsteinMar 22, 2022
When I Grow Up
The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers
Bloomsbury Publishing 2021
When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers (Bloomsbury, 2021), the latest graphic nonfiction narrative from New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein, is based on six of hundreds of newly discovered, never-before-published autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish teenagers. These autobiographies, submitted in a writing contest, were hidden away at the outbreak of World War II, and were only discovered seven decades later. In When I Grow Up, the author brings these stories, their authors, and their entire world, to life.
David Gottlieb is the Director of Jewish Studies at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. He is the author of Second Slayings: The Binding of Isaac and the Formation of Jewish Memory (Gorgias Press, 2019).