Connection 1- The food chain
One of the things that stands out in the book Maus is the way that it is a big metaphor to the food chain. The Jews, are depicted as mice, whilst the Germans are the cats. In the natural world, mice are eaten by the cats, which are their most known predators. One can see that the author is comparing the Jews to the way that they are dealt with by the Nazis, who capture them just like in the animal world.
This connection is extremely important to the whole way that one understands the book Maus as it is one way that the author demonstrates the raw, beastly, cruelty that is targeted at the Jews..
Inside this game are the Poles as well, who are shown as pigs, a companion to the mice and cat in the animal world, but a bystander to their constant fighting. The cats do not attack the pigs, however the pigs are also no aid to the mice. This is the position that the author applies to the Poles, who are not as targeted as the Jews, and are barely affected by this constant dispute. At least that is the way that Art's father sees them. However, in the book, there is a scene that Vladimir is helped by a polish man, who helps him get on the train. In this case, the food chain is not completely right, as the pig is affecting the mouse's way to get eaten.
Basically, the author was able to represent the way that there was a "difference" in between races during the period of WWII, through the change in animal. One of the most characteristic traits of the Nazis, was the belief that they were a superior breed. This clever metaphor changed the way that this is shown, not specifically said, but inferred. That is why the author chose to differentiate the animals and create this clear connection to the animal world and the food chain.
Connection 2- My family history
The book tells the story of a polish refugee of WWII, who was captured by the Nazis, later on, and survived a concentration camp, later fleeing to America. My mother's family, to my grandfather's side, is from polish origins. My great-grandfather was a Jewish Pole, who was actually alive during the period of the war. So was my great-grandmother. During the time, the whole family was threatened. I believe there were two brothers, and both were suffering a great chance of being captured.
There was then an opportunity for them to flee, they took it gladly. My great-grandfather came to Brazil as a refugee of war, while his brother fled to the United States. Their mother, as I was told, died in a concentration camp. My great-grandfather met his wife in Brazil, where my grandfather was born. That is why we are here.
Although the story is not the same as the one in the book, there are various connections that can make me relate to the story in a way. My family history is similar, and had to go through many of the same issues. That makes the book so real to me, as it is reaching me in a personal level. Both are from the same country and where faced with the same threat. If my grandfather were alive, I would have jumped at the chance, much like Art, to learn more about the story, which identifies me to the author in some ways.
A group of young polish Jews during the Holocaust, which is a representation of the group of people that both my family members and the one from the book took part in.