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Banned Book Review: MAUS

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

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By Art Spiegelman

Reviewed by Reverend Elizabeth Mount, Cheyenne, WY

In this graphic novel, we find a middle-aged author struggling to find compassion and understanding for his cantankerous and abrasive father, who was a Jewish man victimized by the Nazis during the Holocaust (Shoah). Through the eyes of the son, and the stories told by his father, we begin to understand the generational impacts and the long-term suffering that is wrought by discrimination and practices of genocide. We are able to notice the escalation from book banning or being denied work to later creation of ghettos and concentration camps and to notice how the laws and practices changed over time, slowly enough that regular people were able to be convinced that this was all “normal and necessary.” This is one of many powerful tales about the Holocaust and other genocides by survivors and their families that offers a chance to see clearly how small injustices can lead to big ones and to build empathy for the lives of religious and ethnic minorities.


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