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Timeline of Events

  • 1935

    Vladek and Anja meet in Sosnowiec, Poland.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • February 14, 1937

    Vladek and Anja marry.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • October 1937

    Anja and Vladek's first son, Richieu, is born.

    Book 1, Chapter 2
  • August 24, 1939

    Vladek is drafted into the Polish army. War against Germany begins on September 1.

    Book 1, Chapter 2
  • Mid-February 1940

    Vladek is released from a German prisoner of war camp and sneaks into Sosnowiec.

    Book 1, Chapter 3
  • December 1941

    The Zylberberg family moves to the Stara Sosnowiec district of the city.

    Book 1, Chapter 4
  • May 1942

    The Zylberbergs are forced to hand over Anja's grandparents, who are taken to Auschwitz.

    Book 1, Chapter 4
  • August 1942

    All Jewish residents of Sosnowiec are forced to report to stadium; 11,000 are taken to Auschwitz.

    Book 1, Chapter 4
  • Spring 1943

    The Zylberberg family moves to the Jewish ghetto in Srodula.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • August 1943

    Tosha poisons herself and three children in her care, including Richieu, to avoid brutal deaths.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • January 1944

    The Srodula ghetto is liquidated. Vladek and Anja hide in various houses and barns in Sosnowiec.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • March 1944

    Vladek and Anja are captured after trusting duplicitous smugglers and taken to Auschwitz.

    Book 1, Chapter 6
  • January 1945

    Auschwitz prisoners are taken to Dachau as the Russians close in on the Germans.

    Book 2, Chapter 3
  • April 1945

    Vladek is released from Dachau as a prisoner of war.

    Book 2, Chapter 4
  • Summer 1945

    Vladek and Anja move to Sweden. Their son, Art Spiegelman (Artie), is born there in 1948.

    Book 2, Chapter 5
  • 1951

    The Spiegelmans emigrate to the United States.

    Book 2, Chapter 4
  • May 1968

    Anja commits suicide.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • 1972–82

    Artie interviews Vladek for the comic strips that will eventually become Maus.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • August 18, 1982

    Vladek dies.

    Book 2, Chapter 2
  • September 1986

    The first volume of Maus is published.

    Book 2, Chapter 2

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Book 1, Prologue It's summer 1958, in Rego Park, a neighborhood in Queens, New York. Ten-year-old Artie Spiegelman is roller-skating with... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 1 Book 1 is titled My Father Bleeds History. Artie Spiegelman visits his father and his father's second wife, Mala Spiegel... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 Not long after Vladek and Anja Spiegelman are married, she is nearly arrested for aiding and abetting communists. She is... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 Artie Spiegelman goes to his father's house for dinner, and he tells Mala Spiegelman how his dad used to force him to ea... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 Artie Spiegelman brings a tape recorder to his next visit with his father, Vladek Spiegelman, who is angry that Artie ca... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 In hysterics Mala Spiegelman calls her stepson, Artie Spiegelman, because his father, Vladek Spiegelman, is on the roof,... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 6 Mala Spiegelman is home alone when Artie Spiegelman visits next. She complains about how terribly her husband, Vladek Sp... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 1 As Book 2, And Here My Troubles Began, opens, Artie Spiegelman and his wife are vacationing with friends in Vermont when... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 2 It is February 1987. Vladek Spiegelman died in 1982. Artie Spiegelman is overwhelmed by the success of the first volume ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 3 Vladek Spiegelman is upset that Artie Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly are planning to leave him alone the next day. He tr... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 4 It's late fall in Rego Park, New York. Vladek Spiegelman has realized he can no longer live on his own. However, he does... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 5 It is winter. Vladek and Mala Spiegelman are back together again, and Vladek has been in the hospital for some health pr... Read More
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