The Other Side of the Wall

The Other Side of the Wall Simon Schwartz was born in in East Germany at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party of Germany controlled the area Shortly before Simon s birth his parents decided to leave their hom

  • Title: The Other Side of the Wall
  • Author: Simon Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9781467760287
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Other Side of the Wall

    Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in East Germany, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party of Germany controlled the area Shortly before Simon s birth, his parents decided to leave their home in search of greater freedoms on the other side of the Berlin Wall But East German authorities did not allow the Schwartzes to leave for almost three years In the meantimSimon Schwartz was born in 1982 in East Germany, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party of Germany controlled the area Shortly before Simon s birth, his parents decided to leave their home in search of greater freedoms on the other side of the Berlin Wall But East German authorities did not allow the Schwartzes to leave for almost three years In the meantime, Simon s parents struggled with the costs of their decision the loss of work, the attention of the East German secret police, and the fragmentation of their family.

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    1. Sesana

      *Received from Netgalley for review.I love a good comics memoir, and this is one of the good ones. Granted, I have more than the usual interest in Germany. I'm part German, closely enough that my Grandma had relatives who wrote to her (in German, of course) from East Germany. I'm just barely old enough to remember when the Berlin Wall came down, and realizing that the target audience for this book probably knows little or nothing at all about it, so I'm happy that a book like this exists. There [...]

    2. Raina

      What was it really like to grow up in ____?I'm reading more and more English-language graphic novel memoirs about what life was like growing up in places amerikans rarely traveled to by choice. Here, Schwartz tells his story of growing up on the East side of the Berlin Wall. I'm REALLY glad I read it, because we so rarely hear these stories directly from the mouths of people who were living through them. It's an important read. One side of his family buys into the dogma of the system at that tim [...]

    3. Dov Zeller

      I suppose it's true, what a lot of reviewers say, that this book could be a great resource in classrooms learning about the history of post-war Germany. The storytelling wasn't great but the topic quite fascinating. Author and illustrator, Simon Schwartz, was born in East Germany in 1982 at a time when his parents were trying pretty desperately to escape. We get to learn a bit about their experience growing up there and trying to leave. It's not told chronologically and I think that might have [...]

    4. Erin Lynn

      In accordance to FTC guidelines, I must state that I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted on my blog, The Hardcover Lover.I have a habit when it comes to reading graphic novels: All of them are true stories and somehow related to war. I'm very fond of these kinds of stories, and telling them with illustrations seems to work for me. Ergo, I am drawn to the graphic memoir. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, [...]

    5. Ian Hrabe

      While it's certainly fascinating to read about the creepy/terrible state of East Germany, Schwartz's story plays like Persepolis light. His art even looks like that of a poor man's Marjane Satrapi! While it is a fascinating glimpse into living under a oppressive regime and the complications that arise when you try to escape, the storytelling isn't as compelling as it could be. The story chronicles his family's struggles to move to West Berlin, and while it's obvious this was at three-year stretc [...]

    6. Tim Kramer

      The Other Side of the Wall is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction work chronically the author's parents desire to leave the oppressive life behind the wall in East Germany. The story is simply told, in words and pictures that will especially help younger readers understand the politics and history of the time.I would highly recommend this to my 6th graders. The idea that a country could be so literally divided may be difficult for young people today to comprehend and I believe Schwartz's book [...]

    7. Joan

      Excellent nonfiction companion to A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, but for a more mature reader. Schwartz's biographical account of his family's life in East Germany. His somber black and wide drawings and sad eyed characters match the mood of this tumultuous period of German history.

    8. Noah Flint

      "The Other Side of the Wall" by Simon Schwartz is a exciting story, about a family, that takes place in the early 80's when Germany was split into East and West Germany. This book was mainly about Simon Schwartz and Simon Schwartz parents experiences and hardships during the cold war.One thing that I liked from the book was the suspense of the family on the run. The family was constantly harassed by authorities which made for a very exciting and suspenseful plot. Another thing I liked was that t [...]

    9. Steph

      Cold war Germany. #3wordbookreviewA graphic memoir retelling of the author's family moving from East to West Germany. An interesting story, but maybe the waiting and tension could have been cranked up a bit?

    10. JayneDownes

      A good graphic portrayal of what life was like for dissidents living in Eat Germany during the communist regime.

    11. Kat

      Basic Plot: Author Simon Schwartz recalls his family's experiences with the politics and environment of Germany when it was divided into East and West.This book was short but powerful. There were some very interesting uses of image to express ideas more clearly than words ever could alone. In particular, there was a scene where the author's father was trying to decide how he felt about politics in relation to his upbringing and family wishes. Every statement he made showed him at a different age [...]

    12. Edy Gies

      The other day I was trying to describe East Germany and West Germany and East Berlin and West Berlin to my students, but they just didn't get it. "So a city was split in two by a wall?" "Why wouldn't people just go over the wall?" They just didn't get it. After reading The Other Side of the Wall I feel like I could show them this to help them understand. The story telling is subpar and can be a bit confusing at times. I was struck by the terror that people experienced just for thinking different [...]

    13. Derek Royal

      This is from the same publisher as Terrorist -- Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing -- and this one is definitely for younger readers. Still, it's another book (much like Rehr's text) that could be used for teaching purposes. This is especially the case with Schwartz's book. We reviewed both of these Lerner books on a recent episode of The Comics Alternative podcast.

    14. Kellee

      Overall enjoyed this memoir GN. The illustrations are striking and the story is important and worth sharing; however, I wish that the story had been fleshed out more, the conflict was a little more suspenseful, and the timeline hadn't jumped around so much.

    15. Jon(athan) Nakapalau

      A young boy must spend time between E/W Germany as he grows up. Family issues and the socialization process are examined in this rare glimpse into E Germany.

    16. Mari

      Ich bin ständig auf der Suche nach Graphic Novels, damit die Literatur, bzw. die Geschichte meinen DAF-SchülerInnen nicht so schwer fallenDieses Buch ist die Diplomarbeit von Simon Schwartz, der hier erzählt, wie seine Eltern, Ostdeutsche, in den 80er Jahren dazu gekommen sind, die DDR verlassen zu wollen, und was sie überwinden mussten, um ans Ziel zu gelangen. Die Hindernisse lagen nicht nur bei der Regierung und deren Schikanierungen, aber auch in dem eigenen Familienkreis, und das ist au [...]

    17. Ang

      The Other Side of the Wall is about Schwartz's early memories, and of his parents' lives living in the repressive East Berlin and their struggles to move to the more relaxed West Berlin. This was when the Berlin Wall was up and separated the country of Germany. I guess if I were to explain the concept of this to a young reader I would say the best comparison I can make is that East Berlin and West Berlin is what North Korea and South Korea is as of right now.East Berlin was very totalitarian and [...]

    18. claude schaem

      Very informative storyThe daily life of totalitarian regime country inhabitants is difficult to fathom for western people. This book illustrates very well the differences among generations and even inside generations, regarding their freedom status.The graphics bring some light to the story and the black & white choice adds to the seriousness of the situation. The little boy is given an interesting voice, as the narrator.This is a very good book that I would recommend to people interested in [...]

    19. ShamSham

      A short, graphic memoir into the trials and tribulations of living in East Berlin. Interested to learn more now.

    20. Rebecca Plaza

      An individual story that also tells a story of a nation. Germany. Schwartz recounts his parents story of leaving East Germany in the early 80s.

    21. Mia

      Informative but chronologically disorganized. I would also like to have known more of the author's life after crossing.

    22. Angela

      I stumbled across this book and read it because my family lived in West Berlin from 1984 to 1986. The previous two years, we were in Heidelberg, East Germany. I was very young at the time, but the differences between my life as an American military child and the lives of the Germans around me were stark. When your school bus is escorted by a jeep of armed soldiers and your school holds bomb drills instead of fire drills, that leaves an impression.The author of this graphic novel memoir, Simon Sc [...]

    23. Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

      Schwartz, Simon The Other Side of the Wall 112 pgs Graphic Universe (Simon), 2015. $19.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG13GRAPHIC NOVEL/NONFICTIONThis is the authors depiction of his childhood in the early 1980s in the East Germany which was under the control Socialist Unity Party of Germany. His parents apply to leave but face much persecution for their decision from friends, family, and the government. When they finally are allowed to leave, there are other ch [...]

    24. Mandy Peterson

      I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was one that I read and waited a few days before reviewing. I couldn't decide how I felt about it and I really wanted to be as fair and constructive as possible. Here's what I have come up with:This is a lovely story with great artwork that could have used some fleshing out. My opinion is that it lacked importance to the reader and just that something that "gets" you. There was no sense of doom or urgency al [...]

    25. Mycala

      I read this book in less than an hour and it brought me to tears several times. I saw a part of the Wall in person a few years ago when it was on display in D.C. and it was an emotional experience, so even the cover was painful. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for the author's father to be told by his parents they wanted no further contact with him because he left East Germany and they thought he was a traitor. He had already lost his job because he applied for a visa to leave. Thei [...]

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