Adolf Hitler And The Complete Maus

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The atrocities that occurred before and during the start of World War II in 1939 resulted from Adolf Hitler’s goal to spread racial nationalism. Following the conclusion of World War I, Hitler’s anger towards non-Aryans rose to a new level. The Nazi Party agreed to go to great lengths rid Germany of these “evil races,” especially the Jews. Jews were isolated and eliminated by different means, supporting the idea of Nazi Germany as a “racial” state.
Adolf Hitler’s racist nationalistic thoughts stemmed from his childhood and continued to further develop as he grew older. He started with an interest in reading literature focusing on racist, nationalist, anti-Semitic, and Pan-German ideology (Perry 453). By religiously reading and absorbing the
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With that power, he felt unstoppable and continued to defend Germany from inferior races. Hitler divided the races into two categories, superior and inferior. The superior race were the Aryans, and the inferior races were the non-Aryans. This division caused tension among the non-Aryan races and they started to compete with one another to stay alive (Perry 455). The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman is a graphic novel involving the author’s Jewish father, Vladek, retelling his experiences in Europe during Hitler’s power. The illustrations help the readers’ understanding of Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany. In one part of the novel, Vladek recollects the ways in which Jews were oppressed. Through gossip, Vladek hears that the Germans forced someone to sell their business and leave the country without being paid (Spiegelman 35). Vladek continues explaining that synagogues were set afire, Jews were beaten for no reason, and they were banished from the cities (Spiegelman 35).
Hitler became the dictator of Germany in January 1933 through the electoral process, and as a result of the use of propaganda methods (Perry 456). Multiple types of media broadcasted Nazi propaganda, leading to the brainwashing of the German Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, school children, the rest of Germany, and eventually France during World War II. France even assisted the Germans in the transportation of seventy-five thousand Jews, including children, to the Auschwitz concentration camp (Perry 481). Nazi principles became central in the German

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