Bravery is performed everyday by many people, and it has played a big part in World War 2. World War 2 was a horrible time for the Jews due to the Germans and Adolf Hitler. In order for the Jews to survive, they had to trust their faith and do the unthinkable. They had to give up their children to other people knowing that they might not see them again. They needed to act brave for their families and ensure they had solace.
Everything that has to do with the past is a learning experience, a memory or a factor that motivates one to act. The graphic novels: Maus 1 and Maus 2, Spiegelman points out the struggles of Artie and Vladek. The novel portrays in detail panels along with dialogue and narration unforgettable experiences of the Holocaust. Not only are Artie’s struggles of writing his stories mentioned but Vladek’s struggles of what he went through in the Holocaust. Vladek is a Jew and survivor of the Holocaust which occurred around 1933-1945.
Approximately 6 million Jews died in Hitler’s concentration camps. The only way to comprehend this horror is through hearing a survivor’s story. Art Spiegelman 's comic book, Maus, guides the reader through Vladek’s firsthand experience in the Holocaust. The author retells Vladek’s story exploring the themes of identity, fear, power dynamics, imprisonment, horrific nostalgia, and how the past shapes the future. The use of imagery, framing, and wording explain the underlying themes in the story.
The Holocaust was a big tragedy that started on January 30, 1933, and ended in 1945.These twelve years affect a lot of people around the world differently mentally, physically and emotionally. There are some people who actually went through this horrible time period and was able to tell their story and some people who left her diary behind for others to tell their story. One book I read that stood out from other books During the Holocaust was The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust 's Shadow by Krystyna Chiger. The story was told by Chiger herself.
There are countless pages written by many authors detailing the accounts of the Holocaust. Some of these authors experienced the brutality and horrors of life in a concentration camp first-hand; while, others wrote about their experiences from outside perspectives. In this essay, two of these authors will be compared to one another in order to answer the question of how one tells a survivor’s story. Moshe Flinker, a young Jewish diarist living in Belgium, and Tadeusz Borowski, author of This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, will be compared on the methods that each writer uses to describe their respective experiences, the perspective from which each narrative is told, and the outlook that each author portrays regarding their own futures after the war.
Often times in life we try to hide our guilt by putting on a fake smile and pretending everything is okay. People are attracted to see why people pretend to be okay, and it is been incorporated into books and movies. Art Spiegelman, the author of Maus I and Maus II, shows his guilt in his books by the way he draws himself. Art makes humans be animals, and then sorts them into groups: Jews, Nazis, Poles etc; and makes himself wear a mask after the death of his father, Vladek. Throughout the books, Art Spiegelman tries to illuminate his guilt by using masks, making himself small, and telling what he does outside of working on the story.
As modern-day observers of the events of the Second World War and the persecution of the Jewish people, we somehow always feel compelled to read literature of the era, particularly when it is with regards to the Holocaust. The Holocaust an era, that has somehow imprinted within our hearts, the pain endured by the many victims and survivors. This is overwhelmingly highlighted in Tomi Reichental’s I was a Boy in Belsen and Thomas Buergenthal’s A lucky child:
The Holocaust was a horrible time in the 1940s. Hitler the leader of the Nazi’s had an idea of just having the perfect people which was having blonde hair and blue eyes. Hitler's plan was to kill the people who didn’t have these appearances. Hitler would do this by creating concentration camps that would torture, kill people in many ways which for example burning, starving them to death. In the book Night a book Elie Wiesel a Holocaust survivor wrote, talks how Elie survived those terrible times.
Fortune Cookie “Hope is a hop skip and jump away, hop to it.” The quote is trying to state that hope is technically all around but it is our job not only to find it but to go after it to make it a reality. I also believe to obtain this hope you must work hard to find it. Hope is the thing that keeps humans, me moving in times of adversity, sorrow and even happiness.
“Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.” (Page 117) -Salva Dut In Sudan the water is the hardest thing to get, imagine you going to walk 5 miles to get a 45lb water jug then put on your head and walk another 5 mile all the way back home but the water in jug is full of insects and bacteria that can make you sick or even death after while the natural water will dry up so you and your family have to move with it and you walk again for miles they hope to find water and they won’t get killed by humans or animals. Salva is changing this cycle of moving with the water by raising money for them but he could not have done it if he was not a water follower himself and his story shows how he has become a leader.