Spiegelman, a stalwart of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s, interviewed his father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living outside New York City, about his experiences. The artist then deftly translated that story into a graphic novel. By portraying a true story of the Holocaust in comic form--the Jews are mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs--Spiegelman compels the reader to imagine the action, to fill in the blanks that are so often shied away from. Reading Maus, you are forced to examine the Holocaust anew.
This is neither easy nor pleasant. However, Vladek Spiegelman and his wife Anna are resourceful heroes, and enough acts of kindness and decency appear in the tale to spur the reader onward (we also know that the protagonists survive, else reading would be too painful). This first volume introduces Vladek as a happy young man on the make in pre-war Poland. With outside events growing ever more ominous, we watch his marriage to Anna, his enlistment in the Polish army after the outbreak of hostilities, his and Anna's life in the ghetto, and then their flight into hiding as the Final Solution is put into effect. The ending is stark and terrible, but the worst is yet to come--in the second volume of this Pulitzer Prize-winning set. --Michael Gerber
This is the book my daughter needed for a high school class, and I then read it as well.
Those stories need to be added to ones like Maus to show that these things can, and will, happen if we don't take steps to stop them.
Art Spiegelman tells his father's story of being forced into Concentration Camps during the Holocaust.
Received my package in a very timely manner but didn't realize it didn't come with a book cover.Published 2 days ago by Jessica
Didn't realize it's not a normal book, it's set up and read like a comic. Did not like it.Published 2 days ago by Emily G.
Great story. Something I would have never read if it wasn't written in comic form. Very good read and can be done in a day. Very good history lesson.Published 2 days ago by Adamantium
I am not a comic kind of person, but these are amazing! Chilling, yet very entertaining and clever. Totally new view of the grim past. Thank you!Published 4 days ago by Michala Homolkova
This is a powerful biography of Spiegelman's father. The graphic novel format makes it accessible to a wide range of readers. i use this in my high school classroom. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Chuck Hamilton