The University of Dallas believes passionately in bettering our community through
initiatives that have immediate and lasting results.
UD Reads is a community reading initiative for the UD community, as well as community
members in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.
We are pleased to announce our 2021-2022 UD Reads title.
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home is a graphic memoir, detailing a search for the past and an understanding of how
the past impacts the present day. Award-winning artist and associate professor of
illustration at Parson’s School of Design, Nora Krug is a German living and teaching
in the United States. She knew little about her family involvement in Nazi Germany,
yet knew that it influenced her life, her generation, and world history. As an adult
returning to Germany, she visited archives, interviewed family members, and conducted
research that uncovered the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher
in Karlsruhe during World War II, and her paternal uncle, who died as a teenage SS
soldier. As multilayered as memory, the book intertwines text, photo, graphic art,
and thematic complexity into a revelation almost as powerful for readers as it must
have been for the author. In her pursuit, “Krug erases the boundaries between comics,
scrapbooking, and collage as she endeavors to make sense of 20th-century history,
the Holocaust, her German heritage, and her family's place in it all” (The Boston
In addition to the University of Dallas community participation, UD is thrilled to
partner with over 40 local public schools, Catholic schools, charter schools, and
homeschool groups. More than 4,000 students across the Dallas / Ft. Worth area will
read the novel as part of the literature and social studies curriculums.
The lesson plans in this guide have been designed by Erin Begle, Certified Teacher
in the Irving Independent School District and Dr. Carmen Newstreet, Assistant Professor,
Department of Education.
The University of Dallas looks forward to reading with you!
Cherie L. Hohertz
Associate Professor, Department of Education