Anti-fascist graphic novel Maus removed from shelves of bookstores in Moscow

posted 30 Apr 2015, 05:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Apr 2015, 05:33 ]
27 April 2015

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The anti-fascist graphic novel about the Holocaust by Art Spiegelman, Maus, is being removed from the shelves of bookstores in Moscow because of the image of a swastika on its cover.

Initially, the disappearance of Maus from the shelves of the ‘Moscow’ bookstore was reported by journalist Sergei Parkhomenko on his Facebook page, writes Mediazona.

A reporter from Mediazona got confirmation by phone from the Moscow bookstore, located on Vozdvizhenka street, that the book has been removed from the shelves. "The book is no longer available, the bosses said to clear them out. For how long - I do not know," said a shop assistant.

Meanwhile, another store in the same chain located on Tverskaya street said that they were still selling Maus: "There are seven copies on our shelves and a further five at depot."

Daria Peschikova, a journalist from Echo of Moscow, found out that Maus is also being removed from other bookstores.

Art Spiegelman’s Maus is a graphic novel depicting the life of the author's father, Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. In the book Jews are presented as mice, and Germans as cats. Maus won a Pulitzer prize in 1992.

Earlier Moscow city government announced that ‘anti-extremism’ raids would be conducted in shops and kiosks in search of swastikas and other banned symbols.

However, Roskomnadzor released a statement in mid-April indicating that the display of a swastika for purposes other than Nazi propaganda is not against the law.

Translated by Faina Babintseva