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The JFGC’s Michael Dzik On “Maus” In The Classroom

Cover of “The Complete Maus”
Cover of “The Complete Maus”

Last week, as the world prepared to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, word came of a recent decision here in Southeast Tennessee about a book used for decades to teach students about the Holocaust.

The McMinn County School Board voted unanimously in the first half of January to remove the graphic novel Maus - by Art Spiegelman - from its curriculum, citing objections to words and graphics in the book and opting for a yet-to-be-specified alternative.

Reaction to the board’s decision has been critical - while sales of the book have soared, nationwide and worldwide.

Yesterday, I spoke with Michael Dzik, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga.

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