The Question and Answer section for MAUS is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
When Artie tells him that he wants to write a comic book about his experiences during the Holocaust, his father gets on his stationary bike and begins to tell his story.
The first chapter is set in Queens (Rego Park), New York. The year was 1958.
The novel would have had a different impact had humans been used. The animals are symbolic; the Nazis are cats, poles are pigs, Americans are dogs, and the Jews are mice. The mice symbolize exactly how Hitler wanted the Jews to be envisioned.........