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The Complete Maus Summary
Art Spiegelman

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Plot Summary

Artie Spiegelman, the author, artist, and principle narrator, uses the medium of a graphic text—a comic book—to relate the biographical memoir of Vladek and Anja Spiegelman, his parents. The Spiegelmans are Jews, originally from Poland, who survived the Nazi Holocaust and internment at Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenua, Gross-Rosen, Dachau, Ravensbrück, and other concentration camps. After the war the Spiegelmans lived briefly in Stockholm before emigrating to the United States of America and settling in Rego Park, New York. The graphic text uses the extended allegory of anthropomorphized mice—Maus in German—to represent Jews, cats to represent Germans, and other suitable animals to represent other nationalities or ethnicities.

Vladek Spiegelman, born 1906, meets Anja Zylberberg, born 1912, in the town of Sosnowiec, Poland. They court and wed in 1937 and live in various small Polish towns in the Sosnowiec area—close to the German-Poland-Czechoslovakia border...

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