Russian Bookstores Yank Art Spiegelman's 'Maus' Over Swastika on Cover

Russian bookstores began removing a graphic novel about the Holocaust from their shelves due to the large swastika on its cover.

The stores reportedly removed the book “Maus” by Art Spiegelman over concerns about raids by the authorities to remove the symbol ahead of May 9, when Russia will observe 70 years since the victory over the Nazis.

The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and was first published in Russia in 2013, according to the French news agency AFP. About 10,000 copies of the book have been sold in Russia, the publisher told AFP.

Russia passed a law banning Nazi propaganda in December. Toy stores and antique shops have been raided for Nazi symbols.

The Respublika bookstore chain confirmed to the New York Times on Monday that it had removed the book because it was concerned about the raids. Inspectors seeking “book covers with Nazi symbols, in particular drawings of the swastika led the company to consult with lawyers about the legitimacy of selling this book in our chain,” Anastasia Maksimenko, a representative for Respublika, told the Times in an email.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, while confirming that Nazi and fascist symbols were unacceptable, said that “everything needs to be in moderation.”

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Russian Bookstores Yank Art Spiegelman's 'Maus' Over Swastika on Cover

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close