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Mr. Ilzecki Character Analysis

A Jewish tailor in Sosnowiec, to whom Vladek sells black-market cloth at the beginning of the war. Ilzecki has a young son, about the same age as Richieu, whom he hides in the home of a Polish friend shortly after the war breaks out. He offers to help Vladek by asking the friend to hide Richieu as well, but Anja refuses to give up her son.

Mr. Ilzecki Quotes in Maus

The Maus quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Ilzecki or refer to Mr. Ilzecki . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Holocaust and the Responsibility of its Survivors Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Pantheon edition of Maus published in 1993.
Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

Ilzecki and his wife didn’t come out from the war. But his son remained alive; ours did not.

Related Characters: Vladek Spiegelman (speaker), Richieu , Mr. Ilzecki
Page Number: I.81
Explanation and Analysis:

Vladek and his wife, Anja, had a first son named Richieu, and when Vladek explains his experiences during the Holocaust to his son Artie, he lingers on the memory of Richieu. Here, he tells Artie that his associate, Mr. Ilzecki, had a young son who survived World War II--despite the fact that Ilzecki himself did not. By contrast, Valdek did survive the war, though his first child did not.

There is no rhyme or reason in World War II, and in fate in general--indeed, as the passage suggests, the only "rule" of the war seems to be that no family emerged unscathed. Vladek was lucky and blessed to survive the Holocaust, but he could do nothing to pass on his good fortune to his child.

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Mr. Ilzecki Character Timeline in Maus

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Ilzecki appears in Maus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 4
The Holocaust and the Responsibility of its Survivors Theme Icon
...an armband emblazoned with the Star of David, identifying him as a Jew. He meets Mr. Ilzecki , a tailor to whom he sold textiles before the war. Mr. Ilzecki now makes... (full context)
The Holocaust and the Responsibility of its Survivors Theme Icon
Family, Identity, and Jewishness Theme Icon
Death, Chance, and Human Interdependence Theme Icon
...them and shooting them. He fears for his life, but is saved when he spots Mr. Ilzecki , who lives nearby and pulls Vladek into the safety of his home. For hours,... (full context)
Family, Identity, and Jewishness Theme Icon
Grief, Memory, and Love Theme Icon
Vladek tells Artie that Mr. Ilzecki had a son about the same age as Richieu. One afternoon, while the two children... (full context)
The Holocaust and the Responsibility of its Survivors Theme Icon
Family, Identity, and Jewishness Theme Icon
Grief, Memory, and Love Theme Icon
Guilt, Anger, and Redemption Theme Icon
Death, Chance, and Human Interdependence Theme Icon
Vladek slowly stops pedaling his stationary bicycle. A defeated look passes over his face. Mr. Ilzecki gave his son to his Polish friend, he says, and the little boy survived the... (full context)