Maus Summary

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Maus Summary

The book Maus, by Art Spiegelman, it is the true story of his fathers life, mainly during the Jewish concentration camps. The chronicle is displayed in such a way it grabs the reader's attention right away and gets them hooked on the story. Art Spiegelman's dad, Vladek, explains to his son about the duress, and the excruciating pain he went through during the time of the concentration camps. Art retells the story exactly how his father told him, he did not concoct it, nor did his father mitigate how the concentration camps really were. Living in Sosnowiec, Poland at the time with his wife, Anja, Vladek owned a textile shop. They lived in a nice home, anything but destitute looking. Soon his shop would be closed by the Jewish police, this is because they felt they were superior to Jews, and need to debase them. Although all the Jews started hiding out in attics, cellars, and other hiding spots, the Nazi's always discerned where they were. Vladek worked on cultivating a better and better bunker each time they need one. Vladek was a maverick, he definitely didn't live a normal Jewish life. He was always willing to sacrifice certain items just to obtain a hiding spot, or to live one day longer, thus making him a benefactor. There was not much to do in these bunkers, but keep quiet. Anja wrote in her diary, hoping that one day she could bequeath it to her son, in which maybe he'll find some interest in it. One time Vladek, Anja, and the rest of Anja's family was hiding out in an attic when they had an intruder. They took him up and talked to him and ended up giving him some food and letting him go on his way. Little did they know that this intruder divulged their hiding spot to the Jewish police, and soon they were prisoners. Once taken captive, Anja, and Vladek were able to be put on the good side because of Vladek's connections. This book accentuates and focuses mainly in what Vladek had to do to survive.

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