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

6 Ratings: 4.5
The second volume of Art Spiegelman's Holocaust saga.

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Author: Art Spiegelman
Genre: Holocaust Fiction
1 review about Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My...

An unusual way to tell a story that must be told and retold

  • Apr 25, 2007
This book certainly takes one of the most interesting approaches to the telling of one of histories saddest and most important stories. Using cartoons, the main characters are portrayed as humans with the head of a mouse. The origin of this representation is an article in a Pomeranian(German) newspaper in the 1930's. That article railed against the American cartoon figure of Mickey Mouse and the Jewish brutalization of people.
It is a story of a survivor of the holocaust who is now aged and wants his son to come visit him. This leads to a retelling of the old man's experiences of being rounded up as a Jew and forced into the concentration camps. With survival their primary thought, there were still acts of kindness although most were motivated by a spirit of self-preservation. While in the camps, he worked at many jobs, his survival was as much due to his skills as it was random chance. After the war, he eventually emigrated to American and lived a quiet life, although his experiences were a part of his daily life.
It never ceases to amaze me how it is possible that there are people who still doubt the reality of the holocaust. Perhaps it is due to the fact that it is so hard to believe that a nation would simply round up millions of people and simply kill them. In any case, this book is yet another way to tell a true story that cannot be repeated too often or too forcefully. We must never forget this epic story of brutality towards people for no reason other than they were not of the right type.

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