Author: Art Spiegelman
Finished: Saturday 8th April
Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.
I have read numerous book regarding World War 2 and the Holocaust. I have never read a book that was as hard hitting as this book was regarding the war. I have read Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account and this is a very graphic Memoir but for some reason Maus was the one that made it all extremely real what everyone went through in this time, for example, there were mother looking after there own children and others children who decided suicide was the only option for them rather than getting caught. This is the only Holocaust book where you can see how it affects the entire family even years after all the war ended.
The art style of this book was so thought provoking. Even through it was drawn as animals (Cat = Germans, Mice = Jewish People, Frogs = French). I thought the way that things were captured were truly heart wrenching.
I can’t put all my thoughts on this graphic novel into words. The entire Holocaust and what everyone went through in that time truly horrifying and scary that humans can do such a thing to millions of people
I then look at the world as it is today and even though everything isn’t to the same extent, horrible, terrible things are still happening. I am ashamed to be human.
I would recommend anyone interested in World war 2 or the Holocaust should read this memoir. I think this is a must read of everyone.