The 2019 winner is Belonging by Nora Krug. Publisher: Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Nora Krug’s Belonging is an examination of culpability. The graphic memoir follows Nora as she uncovers her family’s participation in World War II, and the impact the War continues to have on the generations that follow.
Krug is a thorough and innovative researcher and her honest questions, especially to herself, make the steps she takes fascinating and revealing. Her language is poetic, and her assemblage of fading photographs, letters, and vibrant illustrations evoke a palimpsest of history and memory. Employing collage in tandem with her personal illustration style, she negotiates historical space with her own artistic vision.
“The result,” according to the 2019 Lynd Ward Prize Jury, “is rich storytelling that winnows a human connection out of loss and reckoning. This graphic memoir feels part diary, part archival record, and the outcome is both personal and educational – about German identity, and about the collective cultural aftermath of the Holocaust.”