Autobiography/Biography, Graphic Novel

Maus: A survivor’s tale: My father bleeds history by Art Spiegelman

The author, a cartoonist, talks to his father about how it was for him around the time of World War II, starting with how he met his mother. We learn about about daily life in Poland for Jews (drawn as mice; the Poles are pigs), the German occupation (the Germans are cats), the worsening conditions, their enforced move to a ghetto, the systematic, gradual removal of the ghetto’s inhabitants, hiding, an attempt to smuggle the family to Hungary, their arrival at Auschwitz…and there the book ends. But we know there’s more in book two.
It’s hard, readable history.

~Alison

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