GoFundMe campaign to provide students with free copies of Maus shatters targeted goal

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A GoFundMe campaign hoping to provide students with free copies of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, has more than tripled its $20,000 goal, bringing in over $77,000 at the time of publishing.

The campaign was launched in response to the revelation that the Mcminn County School board in Tennessee unanimously voted to remove the graphic novel used in Holocaust education curriculum around the world from the 8th grade curriculum of their schools.

Nirvana Comics, a comic book store located in Knoxville, Tennessee, launched the GoFundMe campaign on January 28 to provide as many students as possible with copies of Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel.

Maus depicts the horrors of the Holocaust by portraying Jews as mice and Nazis as cats in an illustrated biography/memoir of Spiegelman’s parents, both Holocaust survivors.

According to the minutes of the school board meeting, without a substitute book, the module on the Holocaust will be skipped until a new book can be found. The vote was unanimous. During the previous school year, the Holocaust education module was skipped entirely due to time constraints from COVID.

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