The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an unusual story, one of the most difficult and disturbing a teen will ever read. It is the story of an event seared into the fabric of history. It is a fable told through the voice of a child, but it is not for children, and this is not just any child.
The son of a recently promoted Commandant, nine-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to the desolate countryside of Germany. Lonely Bruno longs to explore the forbidden world around him and, in some parallel existence divided by tall wired walls, Bruno meets Shmuel. Their friendship defies expectations.
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Boyne produces historical acknowledgements through his narrative style. In the novel, innocence and ignorance are shown especially through Bruno, likewise for Shmuel. Shmuel acts in the same way, accepting the circumstances as common.
It was released on 12 September in the United Kingdom. The Holocaust drama relates the horror of a Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys; Bruno Asa Butterfieldthe son of the camp's Nazi commandant, and Shmuel Jack Scanlona Jewish inmate. The film opens with the quote "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows", by John Betjeman.
The tale of an unlikely friendship between Bruno Asa Butterfieldthe son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel Jack Scanlona Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. The tale of an unlikely friendship between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed-wire fence, their friendship grows and their lives become inescapably intertwined.
Nine year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
For an Instant An SS General moves figures around a map as soldiers rise from the smoke. Bruno arrives and lovingly embraces his Father, the Commandant.