A Graphic Novel: The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
In this graphic novel, Art Spiegleman illustrates his father Vladek Spiegleman’s life before, during, and after surviving World War II as a Jewish prisoner. He depicts the insidiousness of the Nazi party’s rise to power, the inexplicable evil and cruelty inflicted upon millions of people, and the psychological aftermath of those who survived such horrors. Spiegleman highlights the absurdity of genocide through this graphic novel, portraying the story with vivid and horrifying detail but in a manner that manages somehow to still focus upon the light and goodness in humanity and the power of the human spirit to survive. This is a must read for anyone interested in the experiences of survivors from this hideous chapter in our world history.