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Nora Krug

Nora Krug’s drawings have appeared in periodicals internationally. She has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her visual narratives have won medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club, and were chosen for The Best American Comics 2012 and The Best American Non-Required Reading 2012. Her animations were shown at the Sundance Film Festival. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an associate professor at the Parsons School of Design.


Nora Krug’s Notes to Self

Fall 2018 | Essays

The German word heimat has no direct English equivalent. The closest analogue is “homeland,” but even that fails to capture the particular way in which the German people integrate a sense of place with national identity, and the degree to which that identity is passed from one generation to the next.

As a child of the 1980s, artist Nora Krug belongs to a generation that, while separated by decades from World War II and the Nazi regime, nonetheless inherited the sins of the Holocaust, a generation whose “paralyzing guilt,” as Krug describes it, was ingrained through cultural and academic ritual—through school field trips to concentration camps, rhetorical analyses of Hitler’s speeches, and an unspoken agreement to erase words such as ethnicrace, and hero from its speech.