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Miriam Katin

Author of We Are On Our Own: A Memoir

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Miriam Katin was born to a Jewish family in Budapest during World War II. While her father was away serving in the Hungarian Army, her mother faked their deaths and they escaped the Nazi death machine by acquiring false identification papers. In 1957, when Miriam was 14, she and her family moved to Israel. She joined a graphic arts studio in Tel Aviv as an apprentice, and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years as a graphic artist. In 1963, she moved to New York City and married Geoffrey Katin, a music educator with whom she had two sons. In 1981, the family moved to Israel, where she worked as a background designer for Ein Gedi (Kibbutz) Animation. In 1990, the Katins returned to New York, where she continued working in background design for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, and MTV Animation. She started creating comics in the 2000s, and, inspired by Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus, she started to work on her first graphic novel about her wartime experiences. Her first graphic novel memoir, We Are on Our Own was published in 2006. It was followed by Letting It Go, which appeared in 2013.
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