Survivor-Centred Visual Narratives

‘But I Live’ at the Ravensbrück Memorial

From April 13 to July 31, 2024 the Ravensbrück Memorial is hosting an exhibition of ‘But I Live. Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust’ in cooperation with the International Comic Salon Erlangen and the Stadtmuseum Erlangen.

‘But I Live’ (2022) edited by SCVN Co-Director Charlotte Schallié was an important publication because of the way the stories it contains were created. Graphic artists Miriam Libicki, Gilad Seliktar, and Barbara Yelin, worked closely with (respectively) David Schaffer, Nico and Rolf Kamp, and Emmie Arbel to gather their memories and experiences of surviving the Holocaust as children. This collection of graphic narratives set the tone for the broader SCVN project and many of the relationships that began with ‘But I Live’ continue on in the current work.

For the SCVN project, this new exhibition at Ravensbrück represents a commitment to learn about and remember the stories that have been so carefully gathered – in a way that does not reduce survivors to their moment of pain but instead honours their life experiences before, during, and after the events they endured.