Autobiography/Biography, Graphic Novel, Historical

Maus II: A survivor’s tale: And here my troubles began by Art Spiegelman

Maus II continues the story that cartoonist Art Spiegelman began in book one, where the author’s father told of his experiences as a Jew in Poland during the Second World War. It begins with him and his wife at the gates of Auschwitz. We learn how he survived when so many were murdered. As the end of the war approached, those still alive were marched out of Auschwitz, in Poland, deep into Germany. and on by cattle car, to Dachau. Even after the war was declared over and the former prisoners could walk freely, German soldiers were still catching and confining them at gunpoint- then running away at night. The Americans came soon after, and he was able to walk to his home town in Poland and reunite with his wife, who had already escaped. The book ends with, in his words, “It was such a moment that everybody around was crying together with us.”

~Alison

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