His parents, Wladyslaw and Andzia Spiegelman (whose names he transliterated as Vladek and Anja in Maus, to make their correct pronunciation more obvious to his readers) were Polish Jews and Holocaust survivors who had been sent to Sweden as refugees following the end of the Second World War.The Spiegelman family immigrated to the United States in 1951. Maus doesn't give us an epic Hollywood tale, with forces of Good and Evil, heroes and villains. Maus puts us squarely in the real world, in the lives of ordinary people trying to deal with extraordinary, horrible, terrifying, but very real circumstances. Maus hull serial number 351453 (Number 3 hull) laying unfinished at the Krupp plant in 1945.
It is the heaviest fully enclosed armored fighting vehicle ever built. Five were ordered, but only two hulls and one turret were completed, the turret being attached, before the testing grounds were captured by advancing Soviet military forces. Art Spiegelman's Maus is the most unlikely of creations: a comic book about the Holocaust.