How come the story is written in a comic style?
As the first reason, the author used the technique of switching between reminiscence and Artie and Poppa of today's conversation. Comics have the agility to change scenes easily. The reason why he wanted to write that is because we can see his personality of his father after the war. The scene that shows this is on Pg 116:
Vladek “Inside it’s little wires. It’s good for tying things.”
Artie “You always pick up trash! Can’t you just buy wire?”
Vladek “Pssh. Why always you what to buy when you can find!? Anyway, this wire they don’t have it in any stores.”
I can learn from this scene that Vladek takes good care of things because of his past experience.
I also thought of another reason that the author chose to write in a comic style. I believe that comics which have illustrations can allay the cruelty of the past. Also, it is easier to understand than a regular written book, so we can accept those difficult facts.
How do you think the Nazis felt during the war? Did any of their hearts ache for the Jews?
Where I was shocked to learn was that Children were hit on a wall by Nazis. Then I thought “Why can they treat Jews in such a disastrous way?” Although I’ve never seen the film, but I know a story that a German businessman, Schindler saved about 1,000 Jews who had been hired at the factory that he had managed by his own hand during the World War II. When I heard about this nonfiction movie, I was relieved a little that there was a man who didn’t want to hurt Jews. I believe that normal humans can’t kill other people easily. Hitler ravaged Germany’s innocent mind. But there were some Nazis who didn’t agree with him like Schindler. They couldn’t stop their action. However at least Schindler saved some lives of Jews and others who might have saved Jews. Humans who are brainwashed will lose their real feelings, and they will also lose themselves like the Germans. I think Hitler did plunder everyone’s happy life.
How did you feel when you saw the scene that Anja said "Oh god. Let me die too!"?
Imagine how you would think if you live in the period and the situation.
I learned that Anja didn’t just hope herself survive, she was afflicted to see her own family started to die off one after another in front of her. In a book about people’s thought during the war, that I have read before, a main character said “I have survived at the expense of them.” I took his anguish from the line. If I am in situation of Anja, I would not want to live. However, if I had a chance to live, I must live because it means that I was given a mission to live. Live and tell the story that you experienced to people of the next generation. Now we have to make a good use of their experience and we never be allowed to make the same mistake again in this world.