New Graphic Novel Spotlights Four Heroes Who Confronted the Holocaust

A powerful new nonfiction graphic novel about four courageous individuals who tried to alert America about the dangers of Hitler and the need to rescue Jews from the Holocaust.

Dark Horse Books and Yoe Books present Whistleblowers: Four Who Fought to Expose the Holocaust to America. This remarkable graphic novel anthology tells the riveting true stories of four heroes who risked everything to expose the horrors of the Holocaust. Included is the retelling of Arthur Weil’s passage on the tragic May 1939 voyage of the St. Louis, based on Weil’s never-before-published diary, one of only two existing diaries from among the passengers. Whistleblowers is written by Holocaust scholar Dr. Rafael Medoff, with art and colors by Eisner and Harvey Award Nominee Dean Motter, and features a foreword by Mark Zaid, the renowned whistleblower attorney.

Whistleblowers presents the true stories of four courageous individuals who risked their careers—or their lives—to confront the unfolding Holocaust. They were a young journalist—and future U.S. senator—who exposed the truth of Hitler’s plans; a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s cabinet who pressured FDR to grant haven to refugees; an eyewitness to Nazi atrocities who met with American and British officials to disclose the death camps; and an American civil servant who blew the whistle on colleagues who were blocking the rescue of refugees.

Acclaimed author and Jewish history professor Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and award-winning comics creator Dean Motter bring to life these tales of moral courage in the shadow of genocide. The foreword is provided by Mark Zaid, prominent Washington DC attorney and co-founder of Whistleblower aid, a nonprofit that provides legal assistance to government and private-sector whistleblowers, including in the complaint that triggered Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Trump called Zaid “a sleazeball.”

Advance Praise for Whistleblowers: Four Who Fought to Expose the Holocaust to America:

“Rafael Medoff and Dean Motter tell an important story for our times: how the righteous can take stands for truth that saves lives in times of horror. Sadly, humankind has not learned to ensure ‘never again,’ so we must learn from these stories to do what we each can.” —Paul Levitz, publisher emeritus at DC Comics

“When the refugee ship St. Louis was turned away from America’s shore, my fellow-passengers and I felt as if there was no hope. It seemed the whole world had abandoned us. It’s inspiring to read, today, about the handful of Americans who tried to get the U.S. government to save Jews from the Holocaust. Whistleblowers: Four Who Fought to Expose the Holocaust to America tells a story that needs to be told to every generation. With its compelling comic book format, Whistleblowers will reach hearts and minds in classrooms across America.” —Prof. Hans Fisher, survivor of the voyage of the St. Louis

“Throughout history, courageous whistle-blowers have exposed corruption, brought down tyrants, and saved human lives. This powerful graphic novel shines a light on the forgotten heroes who challenged America’s abandonment of the Jews during the Holocaust.” —Prof. Stephen H. Norwood, University of Oklahoma

“Dr. Rafael Medoff has undertaken important and innovative projects to teach about the Holocaust through cartoons and comic strips, to help ensure that the mistakes of the 1930s and 1940s will not be repeated.” —Stan Lee

Whistleblowers: Four Who Fought to Expose the Holocaust to America will be released in September 2023 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon. Retail: $19.99