Artie goes to his father Vladek to learn more about his experience and the position he was in during World War II. "I still want to draw that book about you... The one I used to talk to you about... about your life in Poland, and the war." (pg. 12 Spiegelman A., Maus Pantheon Books, 1986) Vladek explains that he met this woman named Anja who later became his wife. and they had a son. Anja's father helped Vladek start his own textile factory.
Vladek tells Artie that he was drafted and had to fight in World War II. "A draft notice! I was in the Polish reserves army, and so I had to go right away!" (pg. 38 Spiegelman A., Maus Pantheon Books, 1986) and soon after he becomes imprisoned. Vladek learns that Poland is invaded by the Germans and they start to steal and take their belongings and all of the Jews' property.
The Germans are searching all the houses of Jews, therefore Anja and Vladek hide in the home of a Polish woman named Motonowa. She is essentially risking her life to hide them because if her home were to be searched and Anja and Vladek were found, she would perhaps lose her life for smuggling Jews. "...Why don't you and you both move in with your son and me?" (pg. 12 Spiegelman A., Maus Pantheon Books, 1986)
Anja and Vladek get captured by the Germans and are forced to witness and nd having to witness some others being put in gas chambers. Anja and Vladek get captured by the Germans and taken to Auschwitz where they are treated very poorly such as some being starved
Anja and Vladek desperately try to survive the cruel and unusual punishments of the Germans in Auschwitz such as being in chains or being put in gas chambers. The Germans are ruthless towards the Jews and have very strong, negative feelings towards them.
Anja and Vladek are later reunited as the War later ends and the Concentration Camps such as Auschwitz are later released.