Book about Holocaust banned in Tennessee school district

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-27 11:49:06-05

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman.

That's according to minutes from the McMinn County School Board meeting on Jan. 10. Board members voted to remove “Maus,” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.

The book was part of the district’s eighth-grade English language arts curriculum.

The board emphasized that they did not object to teaching about the Holocaust but were concerned the work wasn’t age-appropriate. Although they discussed redacting parts of it, that led to copyright concerns and board members ultimately decided to look for an alternative book on the subject.