Maus I + Maus II (Kawel)

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  1. absolution
    formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in penance
  2. abundant
    present in great quantity
  3. Adolf Eichmann
    Austrian who became the Nazi official who administered the concentration camps where millions of Jews were murdered during World War II (1906-1962)
  4. Adolf Hitler
    German Nazi dictator during World War II (1889-1945)
  5. allegory
    a short moral story
  6. annex
    attach to
  7. anti-Semite
    someone who hates and would persecute Jews
  8. anti-semitic
    relating to or characterized by anti-Semitism; hating Jews
  9. anti-Semitism
    the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people
  10. Aryan
    a member of the prehistoric people who spoke Proto-Indo European
  11. Ashkenazi
    a Jew of eastern European or German descent
  12. Auschwitz
    a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in southwestern Poland during World War II
  13. bar mitzvah
    (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
  14. barrack
    lodge in buildings used to house military personnel
  15. bribe
    payment made to corrupt a person in a position of trust
  16. bungalow
    a small house with a single story
  17. bunker
    an underground shelter or fortification
  18. cache
    a hidden storage space
  19. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  20. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  21. concentration camp
    a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)
  22. conjugate
    undergo the act of becoming a single unit
  23. conspire
    act in agreement and in secret towards a deceitful purpose
  24. convalesce
    get over an illness or shock
  25. crematorium
    a furnace where a corpse can be burned and reduced to ashes
  26. dialect
    the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people
  27. dowry
    money brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
  28. epigraph
    a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
  29. eugenics
    the study of improving qualities by selective breeding
  30. final solution
    the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
  31. fragmented
    having been divided; having the unity destroyed
  32. gefilte fish
    well-seasoned balls of ground fish and eggs and crushed crumbs simmered in fish stock
  33. genocide
    systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
  34. Gestapo
    the secret state police in Nazi Germany
  35. ghetto
    a poor densely populated city district
  36. glaucoma
    an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and impairs vision (sometimes progressing to blindness)
  37. governess
    a woman who cares for and instructs a child in a household
  38. Hanukkah
    (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC
  39. holocaust
    an act of mass destruction and loss of life
  40. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  41. Israel
    Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
  42. kilo
    one thousand grams
  43. liberation
    the act of freeing someone or something
  44. liquidate
    eliminate a debt by paying it off
  45. listless
    lacking zest or vivacity
  46. mark
    a distinguishing symbol
  47. melancholia
    extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
  48. meshuga
    senseless; crazy
  49. miserly
    characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
  50. munition
    weapons considered collectively
  51. Nazi
    a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
  52. neurotic
    affected by worry due to a mental disturbance
  53. Nitrostat
    a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)
  54. obscure
    not clearly understood or expressed
  55. Palestine
    an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
  56. persecute
    cause to suffer
  57. pogrom
    organized persecution of an ethnic group, especially Jews
  58. postmodernism
    genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
  59. pragmatic
    concerned with practical matters
  60. presumptuous
    going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous
  61. protectorate
    a state or territory partly controlled by a stronger state
  62. Rabbi
    a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
  63. rabbi
    spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation
  64. Reich
    the German state
  65. resistance
    any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
  66. Rosh Hashanah
    (Judaism) a solemn Jewish feast day celebrated on the 1st or 1st and 2nd of Tishri; noted for the blowing of the shofar
  67. sanctioned
    established by authority
  68. sanitarium
    a hospital for recuperation or for treating chronic diseases
  69. schlep
    pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance
  70. Sephardi
    a Jew who is of Spanish or Portuguese or North African descent
  71. sheik
    the leader of an Arab village or family
  72. smuggle
    import or export without paying customs duties
  73. synagogue
    the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
  74. systematic
    characterized by order and planning
  75. textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting fibers
  76. Third Reich
    the Nazi dictatorship under Hitler (1933-1945)
  77. valise
    a small overnight bag for short trips
  78. Yiddish
    a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
  79. Yom Kippur
    a solemn and major fast day on the Jewish calendar
  80. Zion
    Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
  81. Zionism
    a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine
  82. zloty
    the basic unit of money in Poland

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