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Die Gedanken sind frei

Tomi: A Childhood Under The Nazis

Published by Diogenes as Die Gedanken sind frei
Original Title: A la guerre comme à la guerre

The great illustrator Tomi Ungerer’s memoir of his childhood during World War II.

A touching and richly illustrated portrait of the artist as a young boy.

Tomi Ungerer is nine years old when German troops occupy Alsace in 1940. His French speaking teachers are replaced by Germans. German becomes the official language, with French banned under threat of strict penalties. Little Jean-Thomas, known by everyone as Tomi, becomes Hans, who now has to write in Sutterlin script at school.

Nothing ever gets thrown away in the Ungerer family – and so all the school exercise books and pictures Tomi drew as a child are still around. Even as a small boy, he captured everything he saw and that touched him in drawings.

Using these pictures and documents, Tomi Ungerer tells the story of his everyday life in German-occupied Alsace, of the war and liberation. And he writes about the perfectly normal tricks, fun and games and experiences of a boy growing up.

An incredibly lively memoir.


Biographies, Art, cartoon, photography
18.5 × 25 cm
144 pages
1993

978-3-257-02047-2

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»Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis is a book full of question marks, a historical work filled with stories, a family album as a chronicle of everyday life.«

Konrad Heidkamp / Die Zeit, Hamburg

»With Tomi: A Childhood Under The Nazis, the outstanding artist Tomi Ungerer has finally proven to be a signifi cant writer.«

Thomas Bodmer / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis is a book full of question marks, a historical work filled with stories, a family album as a chronicle of everyday life.«

Konrad Heidkamp / Die Zeit, Hamburg

»With Tomi: A Childhood Under The Nazis, the outstanding artist Tomi Ungerer has finally proven to be a signifi cant writer.«

Thomas Bodmer / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich
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