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Through The Eyes Of One Survivor

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Not sure whether to help those in need or protect yourself: that was the tearing dilemma that Vladek and Anja Spiegelman were confronted with during the Holocaust. The novel MAUS by Art Spiegelman gives its readers not only a book for words, but a book for watching, watching what events took place during Hilter’s Europe. Art Spiegelman, known as Artie, picks through his father, Vladek’s, brain and gives his audience a story of a memorable experience of trust, reunion, and polar opposites of betrayal and separation along with starvation, torture, and ultimately survival during the mass murdering of over 6 million Jewish people. This graphic novel infiltrates a vivid portrait of race, ...view middle of the document...

Some were more convincing than others, however. In the novel, this was played with its own metaphor: masks were worn with strings shown at the back. “Vladek’s disguise was more believable than Anja’s for you could see she was more Jewish” (Spiegelman). Having her tail hang out of her disguise showed the Jewishness she possessed. When Jews were disguising themselves as either Germans or Poles, there would be certain physical characteristics that could be instantly identified, revealing their true identity. With this, immediate action would be taken on them- deathly beatings, hangings, etc. The experience of the Holocaust was that of serious anti-Semitism.
Jews, imprisoned in the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau, from brutal labor conditions to being sent to the gas chambers, were pushed to their limits of survival. The power the Germans reined over the Jewish seemed inescapable. The Jews were taken as prisoners, deprived of their basic human rights, and forced to do hard work or face detrimental consequences. The Germans infiltrated every single angle of their lives, controlling their every move, taking everything they held dear to their hearts, and authorized others to thrust violence upon them. Nazi policies brutalized these prisoners, but aside from all harm, some Jews asserted their humanity by taking courageous steps for survival. Despite prisoners being beat and starved, they had the ability to obtain better treatment if skills were a quality they owned, bribes were offered, or if women gave themselves up for sexual relationships with the guards. Vladek was given prime treatment with teaching English and being able to work in different industries for the Germans, Anja got herself into a sexual relationship with a guard to keep herself alive (Spiegelman). Groveling to the guards was the smartest thing one could do during this time if they wanted to make it out alive. Prisoners would do anything they could in order to survive just a little longer in this miserable atmosphere....

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