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Cartoonists Who Spoke Out

July 31, 2022

| free program; registration required
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At a time when too many people looked away, a handful of American political cartoonists used their pens to raise the alarm about the raging Holocaust. These included some of America’s most famous cartoonists, such as the beloved Dr. Seuss, the Washington Post‘s Pulitzer Prize winning Herbert Block (“Herblock”) and many others. Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff, author of We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust, will discuss this fascinating subject together with George Gustines, who covers comics and graphic novels for The New York Times.




Screen Shot 2022-07-04 at 9.37.43 PMDr. Rafael Medoff (right) is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and the author of more than 20 books about the Holocaust and Jewish history, including We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust (with Neal Adams and Craig Yoe; preface by Stan Lee) and Cartoonists Against the Holocaust (with Craig Yoe). He co-created the animated series They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust for Disney Educational Productions. Dr. Medoff has taught Jewish history at Ohio State University, Purchase College of the State University of New York, and elsewhere, and is a Fellow of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University.

Screen Shot 2022-06-13 at 1.36.05 PMGeorge Gene Gustines (left) has worked at The New York Times since 1990 when he started as a news assistant. He began writing about comic books in 2002 and has helped chronicle how much comics have seeped into pop culture in television, film, theater and more. He has reported on diversity in comics (the characters and their creators) and the decades-long appeal of characters like Batman and Spider-Man. His work has also spotlighted comics about the Holocaust including, “Blowing the Whistle on Genocide” (about Josiah E. DuBois Jr.), “The Book that Hitler Didn’t Want You to Read” (about Alan Cranston) and “The Last Outrage” (about Dina Gottliebova Babbitt).


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July 31, 2022
free program; registration required
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