Maus

Vladek's Life

  • Vladek is born!

    Vladek is born!
  • Anja is born

    Anja is born
  • Adolf Hitler is appointed as chancellor

    Adolf Hitler is appointed as chancellor
    The President of Germany elects Hitler to be chancellor of Germany.
  • First concentration camp is opened at Dachau

    First concentration camp is opened at Dachau
  • Hitler becomes the "Fuehrer" and commander in chief

    Hitler becomes the "Fuehrer" and commander in chief
    Hitler rises to power, and no election was ever held.
  • Vladek meets Anja

    Vladek meets Anja
    Anja is introduced to Vladek by a friend.
  • Vladek and Anja marry

    Vladek and Anja marry
  • Richieu is born

    Richieu is born
    Vladek and Anja's first son, Richieu, is born.
  • Anja goes to the sanitarium

    Anja goes to the sanitarium
    Anja is sent to a sanitarium in Czechoslovakia to help treat her depression.
  • Vladek and Anja leave the sanitarium

    Vladek and Anja return happily from the sanitarium after 3 months.
  • Anja's brother, Herman, and his wife come to America

  • Vladek is drafted into the Polish army

    Vladek is drafted into the Polish army
  • Vladek is sent to the frontier

    Vladek is sent to the frontier
  • World War II begins

    World War II begins
    Germany invades Poland and starts World War II
  • Vladek is captured in battle

    Vladek is captured in battle
    During a battle betwen the Polish and Germans the Germans defeat the Polish and Vladek is taken as a Prisoner Of War
  • German Army enters Sosnowiec

    German Army enters Sosnowiec
  • Poland Surrenders to Germany

    Poland Surrenders to Germany
  • Yellow Star Laws

    Yellow Star Laws
    Jews in German occupied Poland are forced to wear a yellow star
  • Vladek and his father-in law lose factories

    Vladek and his father-in law lose factories
  • Vladek is released as a P.O.W.

  • Vladek returns home

    After several months of imprisonment, Vladek is released from the Germans and returns back to his family.
  • Auschwitz begins functioning

    Auschwitz begins functioning
    The first victims begin to be sent to Auschwitz
  • The first gassing in Auschwitz occurs

    The first gassing in Auschwitz occurs
    Huge amounts of people began to be placed in a chamber designed to look like a shower. After the groups of people have enter the chambers, a poisonous gas called Zyklon-B was released into the air and the people died in 3 - 30 minutes.
  • Jews in Sosnowiec are beginning to be moved to a ghetto

    Jews in Sosnowiec are beginning to be moved to a ghetto
    In towns across German occupied Europe, Jews were moved from within their own towns to seperate ghettos.
  • The first mass gassing of Jews begins

    The first mass gassing of Jews begins
    Auschwitz begins to start the mass gassing of Jews
  • Jews over the age of 70 are sent to concentration camps

    Jews over the age of 70 are sent to concentration camps
  • 1500 Jews removed from Sosnowiec

    1500 Jews removed from Sosnowiec
  • 2000 Jews sent from Sosnowiec to Auschwitz

    Jews begin to be taken by train to Auschwitz.
  • Vladek registers at the Dienst stadium

    Thousands of Jews visit the Dienst Stadium to be registered. When they are being registered they are seperated.
  • 8000 Jews are sent from Sosnowiec to Auschwitz

  • All Jews in Sosnowiec are moved to Srodula ghetto.

    All Jews in Sosnowiec are moved to Srodula ghetto.
    Richieu is sent to Zawiercie with his aunt while the other Jews in Sosnowiec are taken to the ghetto.
  • Most inhabitants of the Srodula ghetto are deported to Auschwitz

    Most inhabitants of the Srodula ghetto are deported to Auschwitz
  • All Jews in Zawiercie ghetto are sent to Auschwitz

    All Jews in Zawiercie ghetto are sent to Auschwitz
    Richieu is poisoned by his aunt Tosha rather than go to Auschwitz.
  • Remaining Jews in Srodula are killed

    Remaining Jews in Srodula are killed
    The Gestapo begin to hunt the Jews in the Srodula ghetto while Vladek and Anja stay in hiding.
  • Vladek and Anja are sent to Auschwitz

    Vladek and Anja are sent to Auschwitz
    After Vladek and Anja are captured on their train to Hungary and are betrayed by the smugglers they spend time in jail until they are sent to Auschwitz.
  • Quarantine

    Quarantine
    Within Auschwitz, Vladek was quarantined and teaching English between March and May of 1944.
  • Over 100,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed in Auschwitz

    Over 100,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed in Auschwitz
  • Tin Shop

    Tin Shop
    Between May and August of 1944, Vladek worked in the tin shop in Auschwitz.
  • Vladek sees Anja in Birkenau

    Vladek sees Anja in Birkenau
    During a construction job that Vladek is assigned to, he sees Anja for the first time in months.
  • Vladek goes to Birkenau for the first time

    Vladek is sent to Birkenau on a construction job.
  • Shoe Shop

    Shoe Shop
    Vladek worked in the shoe shop in Auschwitz between August and October of 1944.
  • Anja is moved from Birkenau to Auschwitz

  • Anja comes over to Auschwitz

    Vladek arranged through bribes of one bottle of vodka and 100 cigarettes to have Anja moved from Birkenau to Auschwitz.
  • Black Work

    Black Work
    Vladek began doing black work in October, and was not sure when he was finished, however he told Art that it was most likely one month and he was done in November.
  • Tin Shop

    Tin Shop
    Vladek returned back to the tin shop for his final 2 months in Auschwitz between November and January of 1944-1945.
  • Force evacuation of Auschwitz (Death Marches)

    Force evacuation of Auschwitz (Death Marches)
    As Russian troops approach, the Germans move many of the prisoners of Auschwitz (including Vladek) to other concentration camps.
  • Vladek is sent to Dachau

    Vladek is sent to Dachau
    After several stops from Auschwitz, Vladek arrives at the concentration camp of Dachau.
  • Dachau is liberated

    Dachau is liberated
    As Russian and American troops arrive, the prisoners of Dachau are free.
  • Germany surrenders

    Germany surrenders
    Vladek's Life Part 1 collage WWII in Europe is over, and efforts to rebuild Europe are made.
  • Vladek and Anja, previuosly reunited, leave Poland for Sweden

    Vladek and Anja, previuosly reunited, leave Poland for Sweden
    Poland, which was left destroyed after World War II was unsuitable for the Spiegelmans to live. The Spiegelmans then decided to live in Sweden.
  • Art Spiegelman is born in Stockholm, Sweden

    Art Spiegelman is born in Stockholm, Sweden
    Vladek's second son, Art is born. Art will become the author of Maus I and Maus II as well as several other graphic novels.
  • The Spiegelmans immigrate to the U.S.A.

    The Spiegelmans immigrate to the U.S.A.
    Anja wants to live near what little remaining family the Spiegelmans have left so they move to America to live near her brother Herman.
  • Herman is hit and killed by a car

    Herman is hit and killed by a car
    Anja's beloved brother, the reason the Spiegelman's moved to America, died in a car crash.
  • Anja kills herself

    Anja kills herself
    Art will forever feel guity for her death. He and Vladek were very upset and Anja left no note.
  • Art writes Prisoner on the Hell Planet

    Art writes Prisoner on the Hell Planet
  • Art and Francoise stay with Vladek in the Catskills

    Much of Maus II is written about this summer that was spent with Vladek.
  • Vladek dies

    Vladek dies
    Collage of Vladek's life part 2 Vladek dies of congestive heart failiure.
  • Maus Part I is published

    Maus Part I is published
    Documents in the form of a graphic novel the Vladek's life leading up to his capture and life in Auschwitz. Includes the present day relationship between Vladek and his son Art.
  • Maus Part II is written

    Maus Part II is written
    Documents in the form of a graphic novel Vladek's life within Auschwitz. It also includes the present day relationship between Vladek and Art and Art's feelings after Vladek is dead and the results of Maus I's fame.