Maus Timeline

Maus Timeline

  • 1906, Oct. 11: Vladek Spiegelman born
  • 1912, March 15: Anja Zylberberg born
  • 1927: Vladek starts his first service in the Polish army (must train every 4 years)
  • 1937, Feb. 14: Vladek and Anja marry
    • 1937, Oct: Vladek and Anja’s son Richieu is born in Sosnowiec
  • 1939, Aug. 24: Vladek is called to serve in the Polish army
    • Sept. 1: Germany invades Poland
    • Sept. 4: Germans enter Sosniwiec
      Vladek is arrested as a prisoner of war
    • Sept. 28: Poland surrenders
    • Nov. 5-6: Jews in Poland must wear an armband or yellow star patch
    • Dec. 23: Jewish property in Poland is confiscated
      Vladek and Anja’s father lose their factories
  • 1940, Feb.: Vladek is released from the POW camp and sent to Lublin
  • 1941, Dec.: All Jews in Sosnowiec are forced to live in the ghetto section
    • Dec. 7: Japan attacks US at Pearl Harbor, US enters World War II
  • 1942, May 10-12: “Aktion” (deportation) of 1500 from Sosnowiec, includes Anja’s parents
    • June: 2000 more Jews deported from Sosnowiec to Auschwitz
    • Aug. 12: 8000 Jews called to Sosnowiec stadium, then deported to Auschwitz
    • Vladek’s parents are also deported and murdered in 1942
  • 1943, Spring: all remaining Jews in Sosnowiec are sent to Srodula ghetto
    Richieu is sent to Zawiercie with his aunt Tosha

    • Aug. 16: most Jews in Srodula are deported to Auschwitz
      Vladek and Anja are in hiding
    • Aug. 26: Tosha poisons herself, Richieu, her daughter Bibi and her niece Lonia to avoid deportation
  • 1944, Jan.: all remaining Jews in Srodula are murdered; Vladek and Anja are still in hiding
    • March: Vladek and Anja are sent to Auschwitz; quarantine til mid-May (II, 68)
    • May-Aug.: Vladek works in Auschwitz tin shop
    • Summer: Vladek sees Anja in Birkenau
    • Aug.-Oct.: Vladek works in Auschwitz shoe shop, then tin/metal working again
    • Sept/Oct: Anja is moved from Birkenau to Auschwitz I
  • 1945, Jan.: Vladek is marched to Gross Rosen (Anja, too, then to Ravensbrück)
    • Feb.: Vladek is sent by train to Dachau
    • April: Vladek is evacuated from Dachau
    • Apr. 29: Dachau is liberated
    • May 7: Germany surrenders
    • Summer: Vladek is in a US displaced persons camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    • he goes to Bergen-Belsen, learns that Anja is in Sosnowiec, and goes there to meet her
  • 1946: Vladek and Anja move from Poland to Sweden; Vladek starts a business
  • 1948, Feb. 15: Art Spiegelman is born in Stockholm
  • 1951: Spiegelman family immigrates to US, Art grows up in Queens, New York
  • 1965: Art attends the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan
  • 1968, ca. March: Art has a brief but intense nervous breakdown & is hospitalized
    • May 21: Anja commits suicide after Art returns home
    • Art leaves Harpur college/SUNY Binghamton (major: art & philo)
  • 1970: Art publishes “Prisoner from Hell Planet” (reproduced in Maus)
  • 1972: Art publishes “Maus” in Funny Animals (3 page strip; image1, image2)
  • 1975: Art meets the woman he will marry, Françoise Mouly (b. 1955)
  • 1978: Art Spiegelman starts drawing Maus
  • 1979, Aug.: Art and Françoise spend time in the Catskill mountians (NY) with Vladek
  • 1980: Art and Françoise start the avant-garde magazine RAW
    • Art begins drawing Maus, which is serialized in RAW
  • 1982, Aug. 18: Vladek dies of congestive heart failure
  • 1986: first volume of Maus published
  • 1987: Art and Françoise’s daughter Nadja born
  • 1991: second volume of Maus published
  • 1992-: Art starts working for the New Yorker, resigns some time after 9/11/01
    • 1992: Art wins a Pulitzer Prize for Maus
    • 1992: son Dashiell born
  • 1993-: Françoise works as art editor at the New Yorker
  • 2004: Art publishes In the Shadow of No Towers
  • 2005: Art begins publishing a comix format memoir, Portrait of the Artist as a Young [email protected]##$%!, which incorporates some of his most significant early underground comix.
    He is also assembling a book about the making of Maus, titled Meta-Maus.

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