A graphic novel about the author’s father, Vladek Spiegelman who survived the Holocaust. In the novel, the Nazi’s are portrayed as cats, the Jews as mice and the Poles are pigs, (since the Nazi’s called the Jews vermin and the Poles schwein, which means pig). The book follows Vladek’s story as it turns from a young man looking forward to the future to one of running, hiding and survival. This is also the author’s story of his relationship with his father while he is trying to get the information necessary to share his father’s story.
I actually read both parts: My Father Bleed History; Here My Troubles Began. This is very powerful and interesting portrayal of the Holocaust by a survivor. Even though it is in graphic novel form, it gives a very real personal view of what it was like for a Jewish person during Hitler’s reign. I like how the author shares his own story of his relationship with his father while trying to get the information to share his father’s story.