The article attempts to indicate a change in the means of representing the Shoah. The latter
is more and more frequently described with the use of the means suggested by popular culture. An attempt was made to reconstruct the evolution of the discourse of the Shoah, with special
reference to the contemporary representations which were discussed on the basis of the example
of the comic book genre. The subject of the Holocaust comic book was treated in a comprehensive
manner by exploring its history, constitutive features and criticism. The comic book entitled
Achtung Zelig! Druga wojna by Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz and Krystian Rosenberg was used as an
example to illustrate the problem which is engaged in the article. Special attention was devoted
to its genesis, its realisation of the features peculiar to the genre, its innovative nature and reception.
There is an indication of the sources of the surreal convention which was employed by the
Polish authors. This convention may have originated, among other things, from the occult roots
of Nazism. The authors also mentioned the links between Achtung Zelig!… with cinematographic
works such as Hanna by Joe Wright and Zelig by Woody Allen, as well as with Krzysztof Zalewski’s
musical project of the same title. Moreover, the authors indicated the similarities between
Achtung Zelig!… and Maus by Art Spiegelman in an attempt to evaluate the extent to which the
employment and transformation of models used in the American graphic novel was successful in
the case of the Polish comic book.