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But I Live

Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust

edited by Charlotte Schallié

by (artist) Miriam Libicki, Gilad Seliktar & Barbara Yelin

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Jewish, Jewish Studies, History, Holocaust, History
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    May 2022
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    Apr 2022
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An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust.


David Schaffer and his family survived in Romania due to their refusal to obey Nazi collaborators. In the Netherlands, brothers Nico and Rolf Kamp were separated from their parents and hidden by the Dutch resistance in thirteen different places. Through the story of Emmie Arbel, a child survivor of the Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, we see the lifelong trauma inflicted by the Holocaust.


To complement these hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable visual stories, But I Live includes historical essays, an illustrated postscript from the artists, and personal words from each of the survivors.


As we urgently approach the post-witness era without living survivors of the Holocaust, these illustrated stories act as a physical embodiment of memory and help to create a new archive for future readers. By turning these testimonies into graphic novels, But I Live aims to teach new generations about racism, antisemitism, human rights, and social justice.

About the authors

Charlotte Schallié is a professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include post-1945 German literature and film, memory studies, visual storytelling, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse, teaching and learning about the Holocaust and human rights education. Charlotte lives in Victoria.

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Miriam Libicki holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an award-winning graphic novelist.

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Gilad Seliktar is an acclaimed graphic novelist and children’s book illustrator.

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Barbara Yelin studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2014, Yelin published the award-winning graphic novel Irmina.

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Editorial Reviews

"The superb, heart-rending book But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust collects the testimonies of four survivors in a graphic narrative format for new generations. It is a powerful and indispensable educational tool not just for high school students, for whom it was designed, but for anyone. Readers can now carry these indelible stories forward."

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