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1: Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Pantheon Graphic Novels, Band 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. August 1986
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Some historical events simply beggar any attempt at description--the Holocaust is one of these. Therefore, as it recedes and the people able to bear witness die, it becomes more and more essential that novel, vigorous methods are used to describe the indescribable. Examined in these terms, Art Spiegelman's Maus is a tremendous achievement, from a historical perspective as well as an artistic one.
Spiegelman, a stalwart of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s, interviewed his father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living outside New York City, about his experiences. The artist then deftly translated that story into a graphic novel. By portraying a true story of the Holocaust in comic form--the Jews are mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs--Spiegelman compels the reader to imagine the action, to fill in the blanks that are so often shied away from. Reading Maus, you are forced to examine the Holocaust anew.
This is neither easy nor pleasant. However, Vladek Spiegelman and his wife Anna are resourceful heroes, and enough acts of kindness and decency appear in the tale to spur the reader onward (we also know that the protagonists survive, else reading would be too painful). This first volume introduces Vladek as a happy young man on the make in pre-war Poland. With outside events growing ever more ominous, we watch his marriage to Anna, his enlistment in the Polish army after the outbreak of hostilities, his and Anna's life in the ghetto, and then their flight into hiding as the Final Solution is put into effect. The ending is stark and terrible, but the worst is yet to come--in the second volume of this Pulitzer Prize-winning set. --Michael Gerber
"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world."--Umberto EcoAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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It's important never to forget about our past but to read and discuss it. There's no better means to do so, than to let those speak, who have experienced and survived those times. And we're running out of time. There are not many left, from whom we can learn.
This is not just another book about the holocaust. This is a book about Vladek Spiegelman and his wife surviving the holocaust, told and expressed by their son, Art Spiegelman. It's a book about family life, nerve-racking parents, immigration, the american dream, a son struggling with his parent's history, it's a book about what horror had been done to an incredible large number of people some fifty years ago. It's a great book. It had to be written. And it definetly has to be read. By everyone.
Das Buch handelt von einem Juden, welcher den zweiten Weltkrieg überlebt hat. Unterbrochen wird die Erzählung der Vergangenheit von den Diskussionen zwischen dem Vater und dem Sohn. Der Sohn - eben Art Spiegelman - rollt in einer Art Interview mit dem Vater die ganze Geschichte auf. Man erlebt richtig mit, wie der Vater versucht hat zu überleben und gleichzeitig seine Familie zu retten.
Die Geschichte nimmt einen sehr mit, obwohl es ein Comic ist. Die Juden sind Mäuse, die Polen sind Schweine und die Deutschen sind Katzen. Für jede Nation ist ein anderes Tier gewählt worden. Die Körper sind allerdings menschlich. Nur die Köpfe wurden ausgetauscht. Sinnig sind dazu auch die Namen der Kapitel.
Hier wird einem die Welt von damals und die Schrecken sehr nahe gebracht, ohne dass man sich irgend eine Minute lang langweilen könnte. Auch das Leben nach dem Krieg wird hier sehr eindrückich beschrieben.
Ein wirklich fantastischer Comic, der nicht umsonst den Burlitzer Preis erhalten hat!
This anti-Polish propaganda is very subtle...but that is what makes it so effective and disturbing. For example, the book represents Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. Portraying Poles as pigs does two things. First, it is a negative slur for obvious reasons. Second, it gives the impression that only Jews were victims of the Germans and that Poles were bystanders or accomplices since cats eat mice instead of pigs. In addition, the Polish characters either don't help Jews or turn them in. Finally, the author omits important historical facts (obtained from sources below) about Poland during WWII to help support his propaganda such as:
* Out of 6 million Polish citizens murdered by the Germans, 3 million were not Jewish. * Poland was the only occupied country for which Hitler imposed a penalty of death to an entire family for aiding a Jew. One of the main reasons the death penalty was imposed was because many Poles actively helped Jews. * For the first two years of operation, Aushwitz was primarily used for the killing of Poles and not Jews. * "All Poles will disappear from the world...It is essential that the great German people should consider it as its major task to destroy all Poles." -Heinrich Himmler. * The Polish government heavily funded Zegota --an underground organization formed in Poland to assist Jews during WWII. * "More recent research on the subject suggests that 1,000,000 Poles were involved in sheltering Jews, but some authors are inclined to go as high as 3,000,000". -Forgotten Holocaust
After reading MAUS, an uninformed reader will get a false impression that only Jews were murdered by the Germans in concentration camps during WWII. One can get the impression that not a single Pole is killed by the Germans and that Poles either didn't care what was happening to the Jews or actively turned them in. MAUS does a great historical injustice to Poles which were also tortured and murdered like the Jews in the millions. Thousands of Poles were executed for helping Jews...but an average person reading MAUS would never learn that. The only impression MAUS leaves with the reader regarding Poles is of pigs. I find this highly repulsive and bigoted.
The following well documented books provide much more information on the subject: "Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles under German Occupation 1939-1944" by Richard C. Lukas. "Your Life is Worth Mine: How Polish Nuns Saved Hundreds of Jewish Children in German-Occupied Poland, 1939-1945" by Ewa Kurek, Jan Karski. "The Jews and the Poles in World War II" by Stefan Korbonski.
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