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The theme of this book is the Holocaust during WWII. The Holocaust was an event in which the genocide of the Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, communists, homosexuals and the mentally and physically disabled was ordered by Adolf hitler. Approximately 11 million people were murdered, among them, 6 million jews. In the book, the Jews are portrayed as mice, while the Nazis are portrayed as cats. The term Holocaust comes from the greek words hólos, "whole' and kaustós, "burnt", since a method of mass murder was to burn the jews alive. The tie to the text is that Vladek, Artie's father and the one who is telling the story, is a survivor of the Holocaust. He is a polish soldier who is drafted to fight the Nazis but is captured and sent to a concentration camp. Then he is "freed" and put on a train destined for the Reich, but instead, it goes to the Protectorate, where almost all the jews get shot in the forest, but Vladek gets freed by a friend, and escapes to the Reich on a train and goes to his family. Basically, the tie to the text is that the entire story is based on this theme of the Holocaust.
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