Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

by Art Spiegelman


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MAUS was the first half of the tale of survival of the author's parents, charting their desperate progress from prewar Poland Auschwitz. Here is the continuation, in which the father survives the camp and is at last reunited with his wife.

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ISBN-13: 9780780744172
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publication date: 09/01/1992
Series: Maus Series , #2
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 949,101
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Art Spiegelman is co-founder/editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics His work has been published in the New York Times Playboy, the Village Voice, and many other periodicals, and his drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad. Honors he has received for Maus include a Guggenheim fellowship, and nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mr. Spiegelman lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly, and their daughter, Nadja.

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"The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust."
The Wall Street Journal

"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world."
—Umberto Eco

"In part two of Maus, Art Spiegelman finishes his masterpiece . . . You can't help witnessing—even feeling—the act of private pain being transformed into lasting truth."
The Boston Globe

"One of the most poweful and original memoirs to come along in recent years . . . An epic story told in tiny pictures."
The New York Times

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Maus II 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
APWHSOV More than 1 year ago
Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and II: A Survivor's Tale I chose Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and II. Maus is the story of the Jews and the Nazis as it pertains to the extermination of the Jewish ghettos within Nazi Germany. The book also analyzes the establishment of a protectorate government within Poland and helped me grasp the political and economic situations of the times via telling the Holocaust as though the Nazis were cats and Jews were mice. The initial situation begins with Vladek. He begins as a well-to-do young man in Poland. Vladek’s story is Maus’s central theme. This relates back to Spiegelman’s description of World War II and Spiegelman’s point of view. Vladek begins his story with a description of his affluent lifestyle before the commencement of World War II. He has just married Anja, his father-in-law has helped him set up a factory, and Vladek and Anja have a young son, Richieu. The major conflict lies within Vladek’s fortunes change when the Germans occupy Poland. As World War II begins, Vladek is sent to fight, and ends up a prisoner of war. When he is freed, he returns to a Poland that is now occupied by Germany, and thus subject to its laws. Conditions worsen as the Germans confiscate the Jews’ property, restrict their movements, move them into ghettoes, and deport Jews to the camps. A complication lies when Vladek and his family attempt to hide from the Germans. For a while, Vladek and Anja are able to hide from the Germans in the homes of various Poles. But when they attempt to escape into Hungary, they are betrayed to the Nazis by their handlers. Terrified, Vladek and his family are sent to Auschwitz. At Auschwitz, Vladek and Anja experience the full horror and brutality of the concentration camps. Suspenseful, Vladek tries desperately to survive in the concentration camps. The ever-resourceful Vladek figures out a way to make life a tiny bit easier for himself and Anja in the camps by bartering his skilled labor and his language skills. As the war nears its end, Vladek and Anja are transferred to Dachau, where conditions are even worse than Auschwitz. In the denouement of the book, the war ends and Vladek and Anja are free. With the end of the war, Vladek and Anja reunite in their hometown, Sosnowiec. They emigrate first to Sweden, and then to the United States. Debauched accelerative to the contemporary, anywhere Art chronicles the last confrontations of Vladek’s story. In the last scene, we return to the present as Vladek finishes his story to Art. I chose this book as it gave me more insight into the political and economic activities rather than a list of nonsensical facts in a textbook, the easy facilitations of the text, and the The time period and the historical events that this book references is situated is during the German invasion of Poland and the Holocaust. The importance of these events to our historical study is the evolution of genocide and effectiveness of point of view within the recalling and analysis of Maus I and II. This book connects to what we’ve learned in class via pertaining to the growth of the genocides and the leading and resulting of World War II. Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist, editor and comics advocate based in New York City, best known for his graphic novel Maus. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards. His point of view is majorly for the Jewish and anti-Nazi propaganda as his family and cultural is culturally bonded more to Jews. He see his topic that he’s talking about as critical and needed for support as he sees the Nazi Germans as bad and the family connection with is Polish Jewish relatives. He has these views as he heard what his relatives went through and know now what terrible people the Nazis were. “It would take many books, my life, and no one wants anyway to hear such stories.” (I.1.14). This shows that Vladek is reluctant at first to participate in Art’s project, and as the rest of the book continues, a kind of rivalry develops between them over how to tell Vladek’s and Anja’s story. “But POP – It’s great material. It makes everything more REAL – more human. I want to tell YOUR story, the way it really happened.” (I.1.25). This shows that he was taking down his father’s memories and recreating them on the page may not just be a concern with artistic realism, but Art’s own attempt to connect with his father on a deeper level. This book gave me a deeper insight into this era of world history. It is from the time period and this tells us about the people during the time the author was writing about political structures and cultural cosmopolitan of Europe. Political structures such as the Polish protectorate of the German lands; economic stability of Poland; and the cultural cosmopolitan of Europe. I you recommend this book to other students as a good way to learn about this time period of the creation of the German protectorate of Poland as it pertain to knowing the political and economic conditions of the times. What I found interesting was the use of the Nazis as cats and Jews as mice as it pertains to personified figures reflecting human history The author’s writing style and general pace of the book was generally slow. As a graphic novel, it pertains relative to even pace.
malydon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interest/Reading Level: Grades 7 - AdultSynopsis: This book is a sequel to MAUS. The book picks up from where the author left off with his father¿s story. The sub-title is ¿A Survivor¿s Tale, and Here My Troubles Began.¿ Art continues his father¿s holocaust story to find out how he survived. The book is in a cartoon format with Jews being mice, Poles are pigs, Germans are cats, and Americans are dogs. Art¿s father, Vladek, is in ill health and his second wife, Mala, has left him to return to their Florida home. Art and his girlfriend, Francoise, do their best to help Vladek through his health issues and to get his story written down. Art tapes his father¿s story and later turns it into the graphic novel. Art learns how Vladek and his mother, Anja, survived during the time they were held in the concentration camps. Vladek and Anja try to escape from Poland to Hungary but are captured and sent to Auschwitz. Thus begins their life in the concentration camps. Vladek tells his story to Art while moving down to Florida and then returning to New York with Mala. Vladek tells Art that after the liberation, life was still very difficult and reuniting with family was easier said than done. Toward the end of Vladek telling his story, he gives Art a box of snapshots with picture of family members from Poland. Art discovers a picture of his father in his prison clothes and says he has to have it for his book. Reflection: Having read MAUS, I was anxious to read the next book that Art Spiegelman wrote about his father¿s story. I was not disappointed. Interestingly enough, the word holocaust is never used in the book. Rather, Spiegelman uses the phrase ¿Hitler¿s Europe.¿ It is difficult to imagine what horrors Art¿s parents went through in the camps but also what followed after the liberation. It was not trivial to return home if indeed home was still there. The terror had a lingering affect on Anja even after immigrating to the United States. In 1968, whatever her demons were, she killed herself at age 56. The story is somewhat depressing as Vladek is always complaining except when he tells his Art his story of survival. That being said, I very much enjoyed how Art tells the story with wonderful art and graphics. Even his fly leaf biography picture is in a mouse (MAUS) character. This would be a good book to include on a World War II unit of literature along with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Summer of My German Soldier.
MattRaygun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maus II continues the story of Art Spiegelman's Jewish father as he escapes one close call after another in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. This book begins with Spiegelman's father, Vladek, already in the heart of Auschwitz and retells his gripping story of survival.What can be said about Maus that has not already been said? Art Spiegelman is at the height of his craft in this book. The book was rejected by many publishers at first not only for the fact that it is a graphic novel, but also because the Jewish characters are depicted as mice (The Nazi's as cats, the Americans as dogs, and so on). The motif works incredibly well in this book. The characters as animals give the story a depth as well as removing the reader from the intensity of a story centered around the cruelty of humans.Art Spiegelman's mastery of the graphic novel format is evident throughout Maus II. His panels flow beautifully from scene to scene. The pauses in the action are appreciated not only for the fact that it not only gives the reader a glimpse into the difficulty of writing a book of this magnitude in this format, but also gives them a much needed break in the story of history's greatest mass-murder.This book is so well crafted that it deserves a place in every home. Recommended for ages 11 & up.
TanyaTomato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graphic novel recount of his Jewish father's experience during the war. Very informative and realistic. Also touches a lot on effects that survivors had for the rest of their lives.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Maus II, the story of Vladek Spiegelman finally takes us inside Auschwitz. The horrors therein are not necessarily a surprise, but made all the more real by Vladek's detailed memories and his relentless efforts to survive and to ensure that his wife does the same. As with the first volume in the series, the author is not afraid to portray his father as something of a unsympathetic character, despite his traumatic personal history. This is all to Art Spiegelman's credit - Maus is a work of thoroughly compelling personal history that does not stoop to the level of mawkish memoir. Maus II is every bit as essential as the first volume, and completes one of the really great narratives in graphic novel format that has been produced to date.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This takes up where part I left off..(doh!) Speigelman gives an unflinching view of his father's past and present. This is a heart wrenching story.
iammbb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first heard of this work when a friend blogged about it. Shortly thereafter I was in a book buying frenzy at our local bookstore (which was recently saved from the developers but that's another story) so I went looking for and bought it.Since this is nonfiction, it can't rightly be called a graphic novel. I'm not sure what the correct term is. Graphic book?Anyhow, either way, it's an interesting concept. It's very efficient. As I started it, I thought about all of the narrative with which the author didn't need to bother. Not being much of a comic book reader, I found at first that I was ignoring the artwork, focusing on the verbiage instead. After a short period of consciously forcing myself to both read and look, it became more habitual.The books were very effective at conveying the slow yet inexorable march towards the Final Solution. The troubled father-son relationship and the comparisons between Vladek and other survivors provided a perspective on the post-war repercussions and fall-0ut. I would have liked a more satisfying resolution of Vladek and Art's relationship but then it wouldn't have been nonfiction, would it?
DanaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The continuing graphic story by art spiegelman gets deeper into existence in Auschwitz. I find the insight into Art's father's life after the camps distressing. This life-changing event dictated how Art's dad chose to live the rest of his life, as if he were still in the camps. And although frugality has its moments of admiration, Art's dad took it to extremes I've never heard of. He really embodied every Jewish stereotype I've ever heard.His father drove Art nuts, but, by the end of his story, I think he realizes that a human being is fundamentally changed forever when forced to survive in the most horrific conditions, surrounded by death or threat of it, man's inhumanity to man even among friends--it's very easy to get irritated with someone when we can't understand events that have shaped them. But, Art loves his dad and knows that he is a strong, smart man who was lucky. Because, we also see that being chosen to live and being chosen to die more often than not was a matter of luck. The whole situation was ghastly, but some situations within the whole were worse. The thing that stood out for me was 'lines'. Sometimes it boiled down to something as simple as where a person stood in line if they would live or die.I was pleased to actually see two photographs in the book. One was a baby picture of his beautiful older brother Richieu, who did not make it through the war. The other was of his dad, a handsome, determined looking man. I was sad that Art did not include a photograph of his mother, Anja. A delicate woman who surprisingly made it through the camps, only to commit suicide later in life leaving a husband and son. Why? Was she feeling guilt that she lived and so many others died--was the weight of this too much?A very powerful memoir.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book breaks my heart. The artwork is as powerful as the first installment, and I see something more every time I look. The story alternates between the author dealing with his father's quirks and nightmares in the present time, and the action set during World War II as Vladek tells it. The storytelling makes me smile and weep as Vladek is by turns fatalistic, empassioned, and matter-of-fact. Art's love for his father, and his guilt at feeling aggravated by his father's behavior seems very true and realistic. The panels that show his interaction with the counselor are heart-stopping. This book is gripping.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Art Spiegelman won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize under the category of Special Awards and Citations - Letters for his amazing graphic books Maus I and Maus II. The books comprise a powerful memoir which recount the lives and survival of the author¿s parents Vladek and Anja Spiegelman¿s during WWII in Poland where they were eventually captured and transported to Auswchitz. But it is also a story about Art Spiegelman¿s difficult relationship with his father, and the impact of survival on the survivor¿s family.Told in a cartoon format where the Jews are portrayed as mice and the Nazi soldiers as cats, the story gains much of its power from the form in which it is written.Spiegelman alternates between Poland during the war (where Vladek recounts the terrible and terrifying days of the Nazi occupation) and Rego Park, New York in the 1980s (where Art and his aging father struggle to establish meaningful lives together).The result is a story which compels the reader to keep turning the pages while terror comes to life through vivid illustrations. It is a story of survival and finally of love - love between a man and a woman which the German camps could not destroy, and love between a father and son. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began are powerful documentaries of a family who survived the Holocaust and its impact on their future and the child who was born after the war.This was my first foray into Graphic Art as story and I was moved and touched by it. If you decide to read Spiegelman¿s work, you must read both books, back to back without a rest in between.Highly recommended.
eembooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I also learned of this book from the Books On A Night Stand (an on-line book blog and podcast) . This is a continuation of Vol 1 in which the circumstances for Vladek¿s life in Europe deteriorate and with eventual internment in Auschwitz. It is a story of survival as told to his son Art. But in between there is Vladek¿s current life with extreme ill health, increased dependency and grasping to keep his son close. One should not miss reading Maus Vol 1 and Vol 2.
kdebros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second part of the first story, which describes trying to hide from the Nazis, this part describes life in a concentration camp. Again, very intense.
hippieJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
these books are sad, heartfelt, and creepy. its one thing to hear about what happened in concentration camps but its another to actually see illistrations. even if they are cartoons. nevertheless, these books are some of my favorites
go_devils006 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part II of a clever graphic novel telling the story of the author's father who was held in a concentration camp during World War II while simultaneously examining the effects that the author's curiosity in researching the story has on his relationship with his father. Jews are mice, Nazis are cats. While the artwork sometimes makes it a little difficult to follow (all the mice look the same), this is an interesting true story of survival under horrible curcumstances.
HokieGeek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As other reviewers have stated, this book will break your heart. It is an example and how the Holocaust is still affecting generations of Jews. Sharing the author's journey through the process of learning about his parents and how the terrible events they suffered shaped their life and his is a humbling experience. I loved this book.
RebeccaAnn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second half of Vladek Spiegelman's terrifying tale of his ordeal in Auschwitz and his own liberation. Like the first volume, this is raw, gritty, and horrible. No Holocaust tale is happy, and this is not an exception. Vladek isn't a very likable character. Even his own son doesn't really want to be around him and now, with the discovery of what happened to him in the concentration camp, the reader learns why he is the way he is. His miserly habits are a large part of why he survived. They became so ingrained into him that now, years after the Holocaust, he cannot stop being a stingy as possible. It really shows how the Holocaust affected people even after it was over, right down to the relationship between father and son.This is a quick, but powerful, read. It's not pleasant, and the last words of the entire book broke my heart, but I still highly recommend it to everyone.4 stars!
LiterateHousewife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read both Maus I and Maus II during a literature of the holocaust class. These were the first graphic novels I've ever read. These books left a huge impact on me. I would strongly recommend these books to anyone interested in the holocaust. They are educational and highlight the survivor guilt that followed World War II - and the impact that had on the children of holocaust survivors.
TheAlternativeOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The strength of this story is the true account of the elder Spiegelman¿s struggles to survive the Holocaust as a Polish Jew in Warsaw. It is interspersed with the author¿s troubled relationship with his father and the strength of the two to tell the story. The father because he has never before spoken of his experiences and the son to understand the pain and suffering his father endured.All the characters in this work of art are represented as ethnological animals, an insightful and creative machination on the part of the artist. The Jews, for example, are depicted as scrawny mice (thus Maus, German for ¿mouse¿), the Nazi¿s as plump over-fed cats, and the Polish military officers as prodigious pigs. The only humanistic renderings in the book take place during the back story of the suicide of the author¿s mother. But these graphic depictions do not distract from the powerful demonstrative story of the struggle to survive not only the worst war of our time but the worst moments in human history. In fact, they serve only to enhance it.Wonderful storytelling and exceptional art make this a must read for the historians as well as the emotionalists among us. This book is a unique combination of docu-drama, biography, and comic-strip all rolled into one and it works on a grand scale.
LunaRampage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Haunting, disturbing, and vivid. I'm finding it tough to find the words to describe these two books. Simply brilliant.
kaipakartik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece. A downright classic if ever there was one. Making the races into animals was a perfect allegory. Shows what the effects of the holocaust were and what it does to this day to those who managed to survive.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Art wrote and drew this two-part graphic novel based on his own father's (Vladek) experiences during World War II. It's also a revealing look at Art himself and his relationship with his difficult dad. Maus feels so honest. It's written not about a perfect man, but about a regular man, who fights with his wife and has a tortured relationship with his grown son. He is a flawed man who survived the holocaust and this is his story. The book is brilliantly real. The fact that the story is told as a graphic novel allows the reader to detach just enough to get through the gruesome subject matter. The Jews are mice, the Germans are cats and the Polish people are pigs. The first book deals with Vladek's life before with his wife Anya. Their relationship resonated with me long after the final pages. The second book, which won the Pulitzer Prize, focuses on Vladek's time in Auschwitz and the war's resolution.Reading it reminded me of an interview I did with a holocaust survivor when I worked at a daily newspaper. I remember being shocked by how angry he was. In my naïveté I assumed he would feel only gratitude for the fact that he survived, but there are some wounds that you can never truly forgive.
wilsonknut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the first volume of Maus by Art Spiegelman several years ago. It is a classic in the graphic novel medium, and I felt I didn¿t need to add much to the plethora of reviews and praises out there in Internet land with my amateur musings. The book is part of college English and history curricula now. But honestly, now that I have read the second volume, I think Maus II is the better book.I think the two volumes are now technically considered to be one book, but volume two was published in 1991, five years after volume one. The collection won the Pulitzer Prize Special Award in 1992.A lot has been said about the book¿s value as a Holocaust narrative, and how it illuminates the cost war has on families generations later. The second volume picks up the story of Spiegelman¿s parents as they enter Auschwitz and are separated. Spiegelman¿s father recounts his time in the prison camp and his eventual release. I think what really makes the book interesting is how Spielgelman weaves together his father¿s Auschwitz narrative, his own difficult relationship with his father, and Spiegelman¿s struggle to make sense of it all by writing the book. I have seen it mentioned many places, and it is true: the last page of volume two is heartbreaking.There are still many who don¿t give the same weight to good graphic novels as they do to traditional literature. I have to stress that this is not just a graphic novel or comic book. This is literature, deep and wide and heavy. If you have never read a graphic novel, do yourself a favor. Pick up both volumes of Maus and read them. I guarantee you will have a new appreciation for the medium.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spiegelman tells his father's story from his time in Auschwitz to after the war and the complex relationship between father and son. I was particularly interested in Speigelman's reflection about why he chose the format and his struggles to record the story. A powerful, moving personal history told in graphic novel format.
pravs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic narrative novel tells tales about Art Spiegelman's father's times and memories in the Holocaust. In the graphic novel, the Jewish are portrayed as mice while the Germans are shown as cats in a form of symbolism. The book is the second of two volumes, and together the series won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, something no other comic illustration has ever done. I recommend this historical fiction work to any student ages 11 and up.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, I don't know. I don't know how to make meaning out of this. I don't know if it's an act of violence to try to give it a meaning. I don't know if it's an obscenity to talk about it at all. We pay piety to remembrance, to it never happening again. So practical-minded. Is that just a way of letting ourselves, as a species, off the hook?

Oh, trauma is so different from sadness, and so much worse. Oh, family is what matters, first and last and always. I couldn't put this book down, even to sleep. Can one live after Auschwitz? To believe that to live is the only way not to compound its obscenity is ... the only way I can live.