Cartoonist Michel Kichka Presents
His New Graphic Novel at the UN
Michel Kichka, award-winning cartoonist and illustrator whose work can be seen in Le Monde and other major media outlets, presented his graphic novel Second Generation-The Things I Didn’t Tell My Father at a student event held by the Department of Public Information on 11 April 2019 in Conference room 1 at New York Headquarters.
Mr. Kichka explained the creative process that led him to write and draw the book. He also shared his personal story as the son of Holocaust survivor Henri Kichka, who was imprisoned by the Nazis at age 14 and spent more than three years in concentration camps during the Second World War. Mr. Kichka’s graphic novel addresses the impact that the wartime trauma suffered by his father had on him and his siblings. Participants in the event had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a new documentary film titled Kichka: Life is a cartoon, which focuses on the relationship between the son and his father. The film was directed by Delfina Jalowik and produced by Jürgen Kaumkötter. Next year, an animated film based on his novel and titled Second Generation: My father’s secrets, will be produced by Véra Belmont. Mr. Kichka is also a Professor at the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem and a contributor to the Cartooning for Peace initiative.
The event was hosted by Alison Smale, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communication, who was joined by H.E. Ms. Noa Furman, Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. Kimberly Mann, Chief, Education Outreach Section, served as moderator. More than 250 high-school students and educators had the opportunity to pose questions and learn about the human dimension of the Holocaust from Mr. Kichka, a second generation Holocaust survivor. The event took place on the occasion of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day on the Hebrew calendar.
(left to write): Kimberly Mann, Chief, Education Outreach Section; Michel Kichka, cartoonist and illustrator;
Alison Smale, USG for Global Communication and H.E. Ms. Noa Furman, DPR of Israel to the UN. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.Still of animated film My Father’s Secrets, a film by Véra Belmont, based on Michel Kichka’s graphic novel.
Credit: Véra Belmont, adaptation and direction and JSBC (“Je suis bien content”, France), production.
Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon, 2018, a film directed by Delfina Jalowik, co-production of
MOCAK Museum for Contemporary Art in Krakow and Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen. Credits: Delfina Jalowik