Haunting the Borderlands: Graphic Novel Representations of the German Expulsion

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Published by Berghahn Books, Inc. in European Comic Art, volume 6 issue 1, 2013.

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European Comic Art


As part of the Potsdam Agreement following World War II, 2.8 million Germans were expelled from Czechoslovakia. Disturbing details of mass executions and forced marches of Germans have become the topic of public debate in the Czech Republic. In recent years, representations of this traumatic episode in Czech history have filtered into popular culture as well. This article considers how the graphic novels Alois Nebel and Bomber, whose authors were inspired by Art Spiegelman's Maus, address the controversial issue of the German expulsion.