First published in the 1970s and 1980s, Maus tells the story of Spiegelman’s father’s experience of surviving the Holocaust. It has become a classic comic book and powerful testament to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Spiegelman depicts Jews as mice, the Nazis as cats, Poles as pigs and Americans as dogs in this deeply personal account of his parents’ life during World War II. It alternates between showing Spiegelman talking to his father about his experiences, and then illustrating those stories for us, all told in comic form.
When I started reading it, Russia had yet to invade Ukraine; by the time I’d finished, the invasion was under way. I just hope that history does not repeat itself.