In the book Maus by Art Spiegelman, how do the tensions in the father-son relationship complicate Art's ability to tell an accurate story of the Holocaust?

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In the book Maus by Art Spiegelman, Art tells the story of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of his father, Vlakek.  Because the relationship between the two is filled with tension, Art cannot always clarify or ask questions of his father which would help the reader or even Art understand. Also, the world of the Holocaust is seen only through Vladek's eyes, so there is no independent observer who could correct errors or add perspective.  Artie knows that his father had a terrible time in the Holocaust which affects their relationship.  Even in trying to tell the story using his father's experiences, Artie keeps trying to understand the man who is his father, and how the war changed him.  The sessions where Vladek tells his story help the two characters overcome their differences and begin to bond in ways which were not possible before.