History ComicBook / Maus

20th May '17 10:32:13 PM Fireblood
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** Spiegelman reprints, in its entirety, ''Prisoner on a Hell Planet'' - a comic he drew in college and appeared in his famed [[UndergroundComics comix]] magazine ''Raw'' - on the subject of his mother's death, about which he felt considerable angst at the time (not to mention uncontrollable blind hostility). Everyone is depicted as human, although the author draws himself wearing his father's concentration-camp uniform.

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** Spiegelman reprints, in its entirety, ''Prisoner on a the Hell Planet'' - a comic he drew in college and appeared in his famed [[UndergroundComics comix]] magazine ''Raw'' - on the subject of his mother's death, about which he felt considerable angst at the time (not to mention uncontrollable blind hostility). Everyone is depicted as human, although the author draws himself wearing his father's concentration-camp uniform.



** Poles are pigs. Speigelman is ambivalent to the Poles, many of whom oppressed the Jews, but some also helped those in need. Pigs were intended to be a neutral animal, one not associated with the mouse-cat-dog hierarchy. Even still, many Poles found the association highly offensive.
** French are frogs, referencing the national stereotype. Spiegelman is also ambivalent to the French. While they were enemies of the Nazis, he notes that France had its own history of antisemitism.

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** Poles are pigs. Speigelman is ambivalent to the Poles, many of whom oppressed the Jews, but some also helped those in need. Pigs were intended to be a neutral animal, one not associated with the mouse-cat-dog hierarchy. Even still, Despite this, many Poles found the association highly offensive.
** The French are frogs, referencing the national stereotype. Spiegelman is also ambivalent to the French. While they were enemies of the Nazis, he notes that France had its own history of antisemitism.



* OldShame: InUniverse, Mala comes across ''Prisoner On Hell Planet'', the comic Art wrote about Anja's suicide. Art is a little upset Vladek saw it, but Vladek, though upset by it, admits that he's glad that Art was able to get his feelings out.

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* OldShame: InUniverse, Mala comes across ''Prisoner On on the Hell Planet'', the comic Art wrote about Anja's suicide. Art is a little upset Vladek saw it, but Vladek, though upset by it, admits that he's glad that Art was able to get his feelings out.



* PunchClockVillain: Several of the guards at Auschwitz. A few of them reward Vladek for favors, but have no qualms about murdering the others. There's only one among them who actually seems troubled over what he's seen.

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* PunchClockVillain: Several of the guards at Auschwitz. A few of them reward Vladek for favors, but have no qualms about murdering the others. There's only one among them who actually seems troubled over what he's seen. He's also the only one who's friendly and polite to prisoners.



** After the war is over, Vladek hears that racist Poles are still killing Jews who return to their homeland. Vladek can only note the tragedy of surviving the Holocaust only to be killed immediately afterward.

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** After the war is over, Vladek hears that racist antisemitic Poles are still killing those Jews who return to their homeland. Vladek can only note the tragedy of surviving the Holocaust only to be killed immediately afterward.



** At another point, Art points out there was an prisoner orchestra that played in Auschwitz and documental evidence of it, but Vladek says he does not remember anything of the sort.
* WellDoneSonGuy: A very realistic, unsentimental version. The final lines shows how difficult and painful this can be in life.

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** At another point, Art points out there was an a prisoner orchestra that played in Auschwitz and documental documented evidence of it, this, but Vladek says he does not remember anything of the sort.
* WellDoneSonGuy: A very realistic, unsentimental version. The final lines shows show how difficult and painful this can be in life.



* {{Yandere}}: Lucia Greenberg, Vladek's ex from before he met Anja, is a minor example - the worst she does is attempt to sabotage his new relationship with Anja by telling her disgusting rumors, but fails. When Vladek leaves her, she leaps to his feet and begs him not to go. This may be a case of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, and this is how Vladek perceived her many years later.

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* {{Yandere}}: Lucia Greenberg, Vladek's ex from before he met Anja, is a minor example - the worst she does is attempt to sabotage his new relationship with Anja by telling her disgusting rumors, but fails. When Vladek leaves her, she leaps falls to his feet and begs him not to go. This may be a case of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, and this is how Vladek perceived her many years later.



** Earlier in the story, a Jewish informant led the Gestapos to Vladek's "bunker" in the ghetto. He was later shot dead by the Germans, eyes still open from "struggling to survive", and Vladek was the one who buried him.

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** Earlier in the story, a Jewish informant led the Gestapos Gestapo to Vladek's "bunker" in the ghetto. He was later shot dead by the Germans, eyes still open from "struggling to survive", and Vladek was the one who buried him.
20th May '17 10:18:38 PM Fireblood
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* MobileShrubbery: During the German invasion, Vladek recounts that while guarding a shallow river crossing, he shot and killed a Whermacht soldier wearing branches in an attempt to camouflage himself.
* MundaneLuxury: In Auschwitz, a friend of Vladek named Mandelbaum is literally brought to tears when Vladek brings him stuff like shoes that actually fit and a belt so he doesn't have to hold up his trousers with one arm all the time, simple things which the Nazis had denied them.

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* MobileShrubbery: During the German invasion, Vladek recounts that while guarding a shallow river crossing, he shot and killed a Whermacht Wehrmacht soldier wearing branches in an attempt to camouflage himself.
* MundaneLuxury: In Auschwitz, a friend of Vladek named Mandelbaum is literally brought to tears when Vladek brings him stuff like shoes that actually fit and a belt so he doesn't have to hold up his trousers with one arm hand all the time, simple things which the Nazis had denied them.
20th May '17 10:11:19 PM Fireblood
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* FreudianExcuse: Discussed. Vladek blames his stingy nature on the Holocaust, but other characters note that other Holocaust survivors don't have the same faults.

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* FreudianExcuse: Discussed.{{Discussed}}. Vladek blames his stingy nature on the Holocaust, but other characters note that other Holocaust survivors don't have the same faults. He was already stingy before, and it helped him to survive.



* FurryConfusion: Lampshaded and even occasionally PlayedForLaughs.

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* FurryConfusion: Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} and even occasionally PlayedForLaughs.



* GoldDigger: Implied with Vladek, who leaves his pretty girlfriend Lucia Greenberg for the less attractive Anja Zylberberg, who comes from a wealthy family and can do wonders for his career. He does, however, insist that he fell in love with her through her beautiful correspondence. Much later, he accuses his second wife, Mala of being this.

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* GoldDigger: Implied {{Implied}} with Vladek, who leaves his pretty girlfriend Lucia Greenberg for the less attractive Anja Zylberberg, who comes from a wealthy family and can do wonders for his career. He does, however, insist that he fell in love with her through her beautiful correspondence. Much later, he accuses his second wife, Mala Mala, of being this.



* {{Jerkass}}: Vladek, a crotchety, manipulative, stingy and racist old man.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Vladek, a Vladek-a crotchety, manipulative, stingy and racist old man.
12th May '17 3:11:55 PM BatmanKalEl
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* SchoolStudyMedia: Now a legitimate component of high school and university reading lists.
27th Mar '17 9:03:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ThickerThanWater: Tragically subverted. One of Vladek's relatives, [[LesCollaborateurs a Jewish ghetto policeman]], is dragging away Vladek's father-in-law. Art asks why the relative couldn't help him as a family. Vladek replies that at that point, survival superseded family ties.



* ThickerThanWater: Tragically subverted. One of Vladek's relatives, [[LesCollaborateurs a Jewish ghetto policeman]], is dragging away Vladek's father-in-law. Art asks why the relative couldn't help him as a family. Vladek replies that at that point, survival superseded family ties.
27th Mar '17 9:01:13 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* {{Jerkass}}: Vladek, a crotchety, manipulative, stingy and racist old man.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Vladek, a crotchety, manipulative, stingy and racist old man.
2nd Mar '17 8:35:36 PM Lanes17B
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* MobileShrubbery: During the German invasion, Vladek recounts that while guarding a shallow river crossing, he shot and killed a Whermacht soldier wearing branches in an attempt to camouflage himself.
25th Feb '17 4:01:50 PM Kazrak
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A CD-ROM version was released for Windows and Macintosh computers as ''The Complete Maus'' in 1994, containing both parts in a movie format.

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A CD-ROM version was released for Windows and Macintosh computers as ''The Complete Maus'' in 1994, containing both parts in a movie format. A book about the creation of ''Maus'' titled ''[=MetaMaus=]'' was released in 2011, including images of Vladek and interviews with Spiegelman and his family, along with a DVD-ROM with video and the Complete Maus.
31st Dec '16 6:54:36 AM Doug86
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The work has all the basic underpinnings of a Holocaust memoir, portrayed in the comic book style. If you had seen it before, you would have recognized it: As a MatureAnimalStory, WorldWarII-era nationalities and people are all portrayed as PettingZooPeople.

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The work has all the basic underpinnings of a Holocaust memoir, portrayed in the comic book style. If you had seen it before, you would have recognized it: As a MatureAnimalStory, WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era nationalities and people are all portrayed as PettingZooPeople.
19th Dec '16 7:32:54 AM Trooper924
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* OldShame: InUniverse, Mala comes across ''Prisoner On Hell Planet'', the comic Art wrote about Anja's suicide. Art is a little upset Vladek saw it, but Vladek he was upset, but admits that Art was able to get his feelings out.

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* OldShame: InUniverse, Mala comes across ''Prisoner On Hell Planet'', the comic Art wrote about Anja's suicide. Art is a little upset Vladek saw it, but Vladek he was upset, but Vladek, though upset by it, admits that he's glad that Art was able to get his feelings out.
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