Section: Maus pages 129 - 159
Role: Line Illuminator
pg. 139"But remember - if you’re found there I don’t know you!...”
To start off, I chose this quote because I thought it reflected the harsh situations the Jews were in during the Holocaust. At the time, when the Nazi soldiers found people hiding a Jew they would not only arrest the Jews but arrest the people who hid them as well. This was a very risky and dangerous act which could easily bring death to non-Jewish people.
This quote is from the scene where a Polish lady named Kawka let Vladek and Anja stay in her barn, reminding them that if they are caught she was not responsible for it. Indicating that, everyone thought Jewish people were best to ignore because by helping them they are risking their lives for no particular reason. The photo below shows a woman trying to ignore something by plugging her ears, which relates to what the majority of non-Jewish people did during the Holocaust. In reference to this fact, despite that Kawka said that she would not be responsible for hiding them, do you think she was still brave enough to trust the two? Would you trusted and have let Vladek and Anja stay in your barn, if you were to be in that situation?
Concluding, this quote was appropriate to show how people had to ignore the Jews being killed and sent to Auschwitz. Also, I believe that it would have required a lot of courage to decide to help a Jew, regarding to how merciless the German soldiers were to them.
pg. 149“Don’t be afraid, little ones. I’m not a Jew. I won’t hurt you.”
The second quote I chose also relates to people keeping their distance from the Jews, but in this scene in particular, Vladek had to lie that he was not a Jew, to the Polish children to stay safe, although being a Jew should not have been something to hide from.
The photo below represents how the Polish children thought of Jews, dangerous and threatening. This was because the mothers always told so: "be careful! A Jew will catch you to a bag and eat you!" In the quote Vladek even had to say that he wouldn't hurt them because of the stereotypical thoughts the children had about Jews due to the violence that took place in the Holocaust.
How would you feel if you were discriminated and thought of as a monster just for being born as a Jew? Or dark skinned? Or because you were Asian? Thankfully, the Holocaust had ended, yet there are still people discriminating others, and this quote states how people might have to hide from things they have no reason to be ashamed of.
DON'T Ignore the Problem. Digital image. Education.com. Stanley R., n.d. Web. 7 Sept. 2014. <http://www.education.com/facts/bedwetting-dos-and-donts/dont-ignore-problem/>.
Scary Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. Digital image. Rebloggy. Disney-magickingdom, 2 July 2012. Web. 7 Sept. 2014. <http://rebloggy.com/post/scary-disney-pixar-monsters-inc-disney-gif-monster-roar-pixar-gif-sully/23232235013>.