What Is Ester?
Ester graphic novels are a teaching material, its most important part being a series of dramatized stories about the Jewish victims killed in the Jewish Camp at Sajmište in Belgrade (Judenlager Semlin) in the beginning of 1942. The stories focus on young victims and their families, their pre-war life, the life under the German occupation and during the Holocaust. They are based on the true historical events and characters.
Ester was produced by an international team consisting of expert historians, teachers, experts for the Jewish culture and tradition, Holocaust survivors, as well as a group of illustrators from Serbia and the Netherlands were working together on its materialization.
Ester graphic novels were created as a reconstruction and dramatization of history based on available fragments of personal stories, having in mind a certain target and age group: 14-18 years old students of higher grades of the elementary school and the secondary school students in Serbia (and elsewhere). Taking this approach, while keeping historical events and facts as central in the stories, we put the main focus on human aspects, feelings and thoughts of the main characters, with aim to engage students on a different level, thus creating a creative and engaging tool for teaching and learning about the Holocaust.