Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

by Art Spiegelman
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APWHSOV More than 1 year ago
Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and II: A Survivor's Tale I chose Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and II. Maus is the story of the Jews and the Nazis as it pertains to the extermination of the Jewish ghettos within Nazi Germany. The book also analyzes the establishment of a protectorate government within Poland and helped me grasp the political and economic situations of the times via telling the Holocaust as though the Nazis were cats and Jews were mice. The initial situation begins with Vladek. He begins as a well-to-do young man in Poland. Vladek’s story is Maus’s central theme. This relates back to Spiegelman’s description of World War II and Spiegelman’s point of view. Vladek begins his story with a description of his affluent lifestyle before the commencement of World War II. He has just married Anja, his father-in-law has helped him set up a factory, and Vladek and Anja have a young son, Richieu. The major conflict lies within Vladek’s fortunes change when the Germans occupy Poland. As World War II begins, Vladek is sent to fight, and ends up a prisoner of war. When he is freed, he returns to a Poland that is now occupied by Germany, and thus subject to its laws. Conditions worsen as the Germans confiscate the Jews’ property, restrict their movements, move them into ghettoes, and deport Jews to the camps. A complication lies when Vladek and his family attempt to hide from the Germans. For a while, Vladek and Anja are able to hide from the Germans in the homes of various Poles. But when they attempt to escape into Hungary, they are betrayed to the Nazis by their handlers. Terrified, Vladek and his family are sent to Auschwitz. At Auschwitz, Vladek and Anja experience the full horror and brutality of the concentration camps. Suspenseful, Vladek tries desperately to survive in the concentration camps. The ever-resourceful Vladek figures out a way to make life a tiny bit easier for himself and Anja in the camps by bartering his skilled labor and his language skills. As the war nears its end, Vladek and Anja are transferred to Dachau, where conditions are even worse than Auschwitz. In the denouement of the book, the war ends and Vladek and Anja are free. With the end of the war, Vladek and Anja reunite in their hometown, Sosnowiec. They emigrate first to Sweden, and then to the United States. Debauched accelerative to the contemporary, anywhere Art chronicles the last confrontations of Vladek’s story. In the last scene, we return to the present as Vladek finishes his story to Art. I chose this book as it gave me more insight into the political and economic activities rather than a list of nonsensical facts in a textbook, the easy facilitations of the text, and the The time period and the historical events that this book references is situated is during the German invasion of Poland and the Holocaust. The importance of these events to our historical study is the evolution of genocide and effectiveness of point of view within the recalling and analysis of Maus I and II. This book connects to what we’ve learned in class via pertaining to the growth of the genocides and the leading and resulting of World War II. Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist, editor and comics advocate based in New York City, best known for his graphic novel Maus. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards. His point of view is majorly for the Jewish and anti-Nazi propaganda as his family and cultural is culturally bonded more to Jews. He see his topic that he’s talking about as critical and needed for support as he sees the Nazi Germans as bad and the family connection with is Polish Jewish relatives. He has these views as he heard what his relatives went through and know now what terrible people the Nazis were. “It would take many books, my life, and no one wants anyway to hear such stories.” (I.1.14). This shows that Vladek is reluctant at first to participate in Art’s project, and as the rest of the book continues, a kind of rivalry develops between them over how to tell Vladek’s and Anja’s story. “But POP – It’s great material. It makes everything more REAL – more human. I want to tell YOUR story, the way it really happened.” (I.1.25). This shows that he was taking down his father’s memories and recreating them on the page may not just be a concern with artistic realism, but Art’s own attempt to connect with his father on a deeper level. This book gave me a deeper insight into this era of world history. It is from the time period and this tells us about the people during the time the author was writing about political structures and cultural cosmopolitan of Europe. Political structures such as the Polish protectorate of the German lands; economic stability of Poland; and the cultural cosmopolitan of Europe. I you recommend this book to other students as a good way to learn about this time period of the creation of the German protectorate of Poland as it pertain to knowing the political and economic conditions of the times. What I found interesting was the use of the Nazis as cats and Jews as mice as it pertains to personified figures reflecting human history The author’s writing style and general pace of the book was generally slow. As a graphic novel, it pertains relative to even pace.
ChristopherV More than 1 year ago
Very good! I highly recommend it.
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ARISTO More than 1 year ago
A CLASSIC - BRILLIANT
KmAlbert More than 1 year ago
Maus 2 is now about Vladek Spiegelman in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. From there we see how Spiegelman acts very cautious of every step he takes in order to stay alive and protect his family. This book even shows more different races in the camps like Germans, Poles, and French civilians. I even got to see the horror of living in the camps and cruel treatments the Nazis put on the Jews and other prisoners. At the end of the book, I realized why the author picked animals to depict the different races in that time period so you can understand better how the Holocaust was on an individual and the actions displayed in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like history and wants to know more about the Holocaust. I personally learned about a lot more of the Holocaust that I would never imagined. This is probably one of my favorite books and I just can't stop talking about it. I highly recommend this book to people who just love reading.
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Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
This is the second part of Art Spiegelman famous books called Maus part 2. Nazi-occupied Poland. The Nazis, portrayed as cats, gradually introduce increasingly repressive measures, until the Jews, drawn as mice, are systematically hunted and herded toward the Final Solution. Vladek saves himself and his wife by a combination of luck and wits, all the time enduring the torment of hunted outcast. The other theme of this book is Art's troubled adjustment to life as he, too, bears the burden of his parents' experiences. This is a complex book. It relates events which young adults, as the future architects of society, must confront, and their interest is sure to be caught by there awesome graphics and cool pictures. I think this would be a perfect book for any teacher that reading about the holocaust. Also good just to read by your self.
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Maus 1 and 2 are both great books describing the events of the holocaust and what it was like for the people enduring it. The story is about Art Spiegelman and how he interviews his father to build up a great story for the comic that he is writing. He goes into a vivid description of how he got married to a girl named Anja, and how he was a textile salesman before the events of the Holocaust took place.Then they went into hiding and eventually were captured by the nazis and taken to a concentration camp. Maus one and two are great for anyone who wants to learn a little history but in an infamiliar fashion, with it being a graphic novel and all. These are great books for anyone in high school that wants to find a more interesting way to learn history and i highly recommend them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Art Spiegelman, the author of the Maus series, is an amazing writer and cartoonist. In this series he puts his father's and his own experiences in the form of a graphic novel. The main character Artie, who is also a cartoonist visits his father often to learn about the experiences that his father and mother went through in the time of World War II and the Holocaust. Seeing as Artie's mother is dead, because of suicide, his father is the only parent to recount this information. His father begins by explaining how he had met Artie's mother and continues his story explaining the hard and difficult times that he and his wife went through. The real reason that they were able to survive had been Artie's father wit and the fact that they were rich and possessed many valuable things. Though that saved them from dying, but they didn't escape all the horrors that others faced. Examples of this would be concentration camps, Auschwitz, and labor towns, where the Nazis killed Jews and protesters methodically. This book is both touching and sad, but it really informs the reader about the time period and the long term effects that are present in a family that goes through it. After the Holocaust Artie's mother committed suicide leaving his father, Vladek, alone with his son. Throughout the whole ordeal he loses most of his family members, including his son, Richieu. In the end all he is really left with is his son, so he becomes depressed and burns Anje's journals. At that Artie gets angry because that was his last real tie to his mother, and his father destroyed it. This book shows real emotion and thoughts from the characters making it amazing. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know what the Holocaust was like and the effect it had on the people who experienced it.
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