The Holocaust is known to all of us in some manner. Maybe we know someone who survived this
terrible event in history, or one has learned about it in school, either way, everyone has had some kind of
knowledge about the horrible things that the Nazi party did to the European Jews during the Holocaust.
The Holocaust took a great toll on many lives in one way or another, one in particular being Vladek
Spiegleman. Vladek's personality underwent a huge change due to his experiences during World
War II. His personality is so dynamic and it was the experiences that he made during the Holocaust that
changed him so dramamtically.
In the beginning of Maus the reader is thrown into a scenario of the Author, Art's, many visits to his
father's. Art and his father, Vladek starte a conversation about Vladek's past, but Vladek is very reluctant
to discuss his past with anyone Vladek seems to be a very untrusting old man who is afraid of two major
things. The main fear Vladek has is taping into his memories only to relive the pain he suffered and
because of this Vladek has a fear of getting too close to anybody. He thinks that he will be betrayed in
the same ay that he was before by many Germans and even his own friends. The way he is so
cold-hearted to his second-wife also shows how unloving Vladek is too anybody who did not make the
same exact experiences as he did. Even to his own son, Vladek has trouble opening up about personal
memories and being loving and caring. All these bitter emotions that keep Vladek from being happy in his
old age are casued from the painful memories of the Holocaust. Vladek's experiences during the war
caused a dramatic change in him.
Before the war, Vladek has not at all a bitter, old miser. Not at all. He was a fun-loving young man
with his whole future ahead of him. He didn't seem to have care in the world and was a happy bachelor.
He eventually met Anja and sure enough they got married. His marriage with Anja really didn't change
the way he ated to other people, he was still always enthusiastic. It wsn't until the war started the Vladek
got a little more precautious about a few things. Whenever a bad thing would happen, Vladek would
remain hopefull and trusted that things would go well for hima nd his family in the long run.
Even when Vladek had to fight in World War II and was put in a...