Great Women, Cut Short

Trina Robbins is the author of the just-released Lily Renee: Escape Artist, the Jewish superhero comic book GoGirl, and tons of other books.

Today I’m recovering from my annual Worst Cold Ever, trying to take it easy with a book and hot chai — and I’m angry. The book I’m reading is Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, written in pencil in tiny cramped handwriting on the pages of a worn notebook while she was hiding from the Nazis in 1942. Nemirovsky was already a famous and successful author, but that didn’t matter to the Nazis, who eventually found her, arrested her, and murdered her in Auschwitz. Her two young daughters spent the war years in hiding, first in a convent, then moving from house to house. When they fled from the Vichy gendarmes Denise, the older daughter, took Nemirovsky’s notebook with her, not because she knew what was in it, but because it was something of her mother’s that she could keep. It was many years before the sisters could bring themselves to read the contents of the notebook, but when they did they realized that they had been carrying around their mother’s last novel, about Parisians fleeing the 1940 Nazi invasion.

Continue reading here.

6 responses to “Great Women, Cut Short

  1. Thanks Trina,
    Can’t wait to read Lily’s story!

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  5. Wow, Trina. Brava for bringing such a dramatic and difficult subject to the world of graphic novels. Good luck with Lily.

    It is sad to hear of the horrific stories of these people. What makes me even more sad is to wonder if they hadn’t gone through these terrible experiences, would we even have heard of them at all? Would Nemirovsky be forgotten. I’d be interested in reading her previous work as well as this diary. Thanks for bringing us this information.

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