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“When I Grow Up” – A Graphic Novel Exploring Interwar Teenage Jewish Life

Hosted By: YIVO

When I Grow Up is a new graphic nonfiction book, based on six of the hundreds of autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish teens collected by YIVO on the brink of WWII, including those discovered in 2017 which had been hidden in a Lithuanian church cellar. Created by New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein, When I Grow Up shows readers the stories of six young men and women in illustrated narratives showcasing the humor, yearning, ambition, and angst of their teenage years. Join YIVO for a discussion with Krimstein led by scholar Jeffrey Shandler celebrating this new book.

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Ken Krimstein

Ken Krimstein’s cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Barron's, The Harvard Business Review, Prospect Magazine, Punch, The National Lampoon, the Wall Street Journal, Narrative Magazine, and three of S. Gross’s cartoon anthologies. His humor writing has been in The New York Observer’s “New Yorker’s Diary” and humor websites, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Yankee Pot Roast, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. Ken is also an advertising creative director who has taught writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a professor at De Paul University.
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Jeffrey Shandler

Distin​guished Professor, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
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The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry and Yiddish language.
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