Holocaust Reflection: Maus By Art Spiegelman

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Holocaust Reflection Paper
For this project lesson plan, Jerrod and I brain stormed possible project ideas to go along with the book, Maus by Art Spiegelman. We decide to stay with the graphic novel idea for the project. We worked together at the library to complete the lesson plan. Jerrod volunteered to complete the graphic novel example for the lesson project. We used the online archives from The USC Shoah Foundation, which we provided several examples of the types of videos we expected students to watch and transform their stories into a short graphic novel, similar to Maus. The next day the students will present their graphic novels to the class, this allows the class to hear and see multiple perspectives of the Holocaust.
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Although there are many examples of genocide, the Holocaust is an extreme example of the systematic destruction of human lives. The project allowed me to learn various unique aspects of the holocaust, such as the bartering system and human ability to escape certain death. Maus, showed the unique ability of a man to survive despite being a POW, living in a ghetto, and surviving Auschwitz, and the impact on their life. The book displayed grim scenes, but in a respectful and honest way. The style of the art showed that the author struggled with his presentation of the sensitive topic. The book shows multiple examples of instances where humanity showed through the horrific event, which is important to focus on during the teaching of the subject. Humans destroy, but also …show more content…
There are many sources such as books, websites, and videos, and so on that give many examples of the Holocaust on various perspectives and viewpoints. There is also the challenge with the internet to find valid sources that are accurate and nonbiased. I would like to read Schindler’s List, Holocaust Memoirs, and more nonfiction historically based books. Additionally, I want to visit Poland and Germany to examine the various museums and concentration camps. I think that firsthand accounts, like the USC Shoah foundation, is a good source that students can view to see personal experiences of a topic that they might struggle to understand at a macro scale. Furthermore, other current examples of genocide that can connect to the Holocaust can provide students with concert examples, such as the situation in Sudan, Syria, Burma/Myanmar. These examples provide context to a topic that students can view as inactive

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