Maus

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The Holocaust is a highly sensitive and severe topic for many people. Millions of people, especially Jews, were killed and many families were torn apart. There are plenty of actual survivors out there. It was a period that is still horribly fresh in their memories, and their stories are passed on from generation to generation. The Holocaust is considered to be the most horrific and gruesome event in history of the 20th century.

Maus is considered to be a piece of art, a masterpiece, by Art Spiegelman. There are many stories about the Holocaust, and of course, every story is unique. You can find them anywhere, in any form. From novels to theatrical shows and movies. However, Maus is brought to you in a unique style, a style authors never used before with this topic. Art Spiegelman made a comic memoir.

The Holocaust is not the only historical event such a story could be made upon. What if Maus was written in a different time which involves racism? The story could be about racism in the 60s against Afro-Americans in the United States.Fortunately, there was no leader like Hitler favouring total ‘Entlösung’ (destroying) of a certain race and death camps like Auswitch weren’t present here. However, there was definitely enough drama (inequality, racial segregation, killing) to talk about pretty similar to that of the Jews in the beginning of World War II. If we’re talking about fascism, the story could be settled in the communist state of North-Korea. Repression, hunger and fear are all there.

During World War II, the story could have been settled in another country. What if Vladek lived in another country, like the Soviet Union? He could have been forced to join the Soviet army, suffer from the harsh cold while fighting the war against Germany in Russia and live under the constant pressure of the communist government.

As we know, Vladek wasn’t a big fan of communism. In fact, he was even against it. Resisting the beliefs of Joseph Stalin was very dangerous,...
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