School board in Tennessee made moves to justify the ban of Maus: A Survivor’s Tale – a novel with graphic descriptions of the Holocaust – from classrooms.
A backlash at the recent ban of the book made board members explain that the book made use of profane languages, suicides and graphic nudity that pupils were not allowed to read.
The novel reveals in detail how the author’s parents survived in the time of the Holocaust. It won the Pulitzer Prize.
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Over 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust which was said to be Germany’s movement to put an end to the population of Jews.
In World War II, the author’s parents were sent to Auschwitz death camp since they were Polish Jews.
The novel made use of hand-drawn illustrations featuring cats as Nazis and mice as Jews.
According to BBC News, during the school board meeting, members of the board said the novel included the use of swear words that were too adult-rated to be read by eighth-graders, hence why it could not be involved in the curriculum.
They explained further that the graphic description of suicide and violence did not represent the values of the community.
In response to severe criticism on social media, the board released a statement saying that students 13 to 14 years old should not be made to read a novel that included profane words, violence and illustrations of nudity.
They, however, chipped in that this did not imply that the novel was not a valid piece of literature that was educative enough to teach people.
They only couldn’t deem it fit to be added to 8 graders’ curriculum.
The novel won different literary awards in 1992.