On page 11, Spiegelman tells us that his father's second wife Mala was a survivor too, like mostof his parents' friends. Why does Spiegelman call Mala a survivor? What does he mean?

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Mala was an old friend before she married Vladek; she too survived the Holocaust.......... therefore, deeming her a survivor is appropriate. But I believe he also used this term to describe her in regards to "surviving" her marriage with his father. They don't get along very well.