- How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?
As we already know, Maus was based on the second World War so the whole context was a historical event on its own, but since my post cannot be this short, I decided to pick out one by one, the exact references from the second World War. First, lets star with the country and cities that appear in the book. As shown in the map below, a lot of Poland were occupied by Nazi forces and Sosnoweic, the main city the book was actually a major ghetto. Before the war Sosnoweic alone had 30,000 jews inside. The Nazi plague then spread even farther and then they started to make extermination camps close to cities. Extermination camps. Think of those words for a second. Literally taking the lives of about 30,000 jews and that is only the beginning. The World War II was a cultural issue on itself and the author is just trying to emphasize the savagery and blood bath that the World War was. So I ask you, is this book meant to be even with such heavy themes?