Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon in Mechelen
04.03.2019 at 8.30 pm
On 4 March at the Filmhuis Mechelen there will take place a projection of the documentary Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon, produced by MOCAK and the Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen. The producers Delfina Jałowik and Jürgen Kaumkötter will attend the event. The projection accompanies the exhibition Holocaust en Strips, presented at Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen.
Henri Kichka was born in Brussels in 1926. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo, together with his parents and two sisters. He spent three years imprisoned in various concentration camps. His mother and sisters were murdered. His father died on the way to Buchenwald, from which Henri was liberated in 1945. After the war, Henri Kichka returned to Brussels and married. He had four children: Hannah, Michel, Iréne and Charly.
His son Michel was born in Seraing in 1954. At the age of 20, he moved to Israel, started a family and embarked on a career as cartoonist. In 2012 he published the comic Second Generation. This is a graphic novel devoted to Michel’s younger brother, who committed suicide. The main theme, however, is the relationship between the son and the father, who had been a victim and witness of the Holocaust. The book shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family.
Both Henri and Michel Kichka are the characters of this film.