“Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire" (Holocaust Encyclopedia). During the 1930’s the Nazi Regimen began, while that period of six years happened, by mostly burning them and putting them in gas chambers, over 72 million people were killed. Mostly society will talk about the Nazi’s going after the Jews and executing them but they weren’t the only ones put through the torture, Hitler targeted anyone who was not normal through his eyes such as, the Gypsies, mentally and physically disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, etc. An unknown writer says, “The sacrifices, and offenses placed upon those who survived took something away from them, and although they survived, winning the game of life for now they must live with haunting memories for the rest of their life”(“Maus Analysis”1). The Holocaust changed the minds of many people that experienced it. In the book Maus, Vladek’s personality underwent a big change due to his harsh experiences during World War II. He has characteristics he would have never had if not gone through what he did and it was the experiences that he made during the Holocaust that changed him so dramatically.
An article about the ghettos where the Jews lived tells us, “In order to survive, children had to be resourceful and make themselves useful”(“Life in the Ghettos”1). Many people had to be very stingy with their food so they could survive and this trait ended up carrying on with them even after the torturous Holocaust. They had to do many different kinds of survival ways to keep away from the Nazi’s and avoid death. Vladek tells his son about how they had to create hiding places, “Therefore I arranged for us a very good hiding spot in our cellar w...
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...society for literature. The vast amounts books, movies, museums, and articles portray the great struggle for survival during that period of time. I found a theme of Man vs. Nature throughout the book Maus, the way they had to change their ways of living changed them for the rest of their lives. The characteristic of stingy and cheap carried on with them and is still around today and that is possibly how Jews got the stereotype of parsimonious. After I did some research on this theme I looked at the graphic novel in a completely different perspective, it was their environment that had to change them to become such great survivors, well some of them not so much. The disliking of Jews was very common in the 1930’s; the vast majority did not like them and thought they should be dead. Till this day, around 20% of Germans still have a latent hatred for the Jewish race.
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