World War 2 is quite possibly my favorite period of history. I don’t know what that says about me as a person, but I find the whole event sickening and horrifying, yet oddly fascinating. How one man could start such an uproar and cause so much brainwash is terrifying. How the whole world could be involved (“world war” for a reason) in a war is just mind boggling. Everything about World War 2 and even world war 1 still gets me to this day. No matter how many stories I read about this time, whether fictional or nonfictional, I will never quite be able to grasp what it must have felt like to live in that time. But, I still try.
Maus is the true story of Vladek Spiegelman, a survivor of the World War 2. While this wasn’t necessarily a brand new perspective on things or a completely new story, it still managed to stand out to me. Due to one, the fact that it is real and these people all existed and two, the medium the story was told in. I don’t read that many graphic novels, but the few I’ve read have been excellent. This one was as well. I loved the use of animals to portray people. Cats as Nazis, mice as Jews, pigs as Poles, and dogs as Americans. I thought it was quite inventive and new. While I wish he could’ve gone a little further into the whole animal theme, I do think he did get the point he was trying to make. Cats chase mice. Nazis chase Jews. And even though they were animals, it did not lessen the amount of hatred and disgust for the Nazis. I still can’t believe how anyone could hate people of a certain religion so much. It’s disgusting.
This story was amazing, and I definitely appreciate it immensely. It saddens me to think that we are getting to the point where many World War 2 survivors are passing away and that there are thousands and thousands of stories that will never be told. I definitely think getting those stories on paper are important so that people will remember that World War 2 was more than just an event. That the people who died and who survived are not just a statistic. Everyone had or has a story to tell.
I absolutely think this book deserves the awards it has been given. I loved it so much.