The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Theboyposter.jpgMany people around the world are remembering the terror of the Holocaust. On January 27, many European countries have made this day a day to honor those who lost their lives in the concentration camps by the Nazis. In the 2008 drama film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas there is a sense of innocence lost around the Holocaust. The movie follows a young boy Bruno who’s father has been promoted to be the Kommandant of a concentration camp. With the exception of Bruno’s father, his mother, sister and himself are unaware of the nightmare that is happening next door to them.

When we are introduced to Bruno we meet a young and inquisitive boy. He lives a happy life in Berlin, until his father’s job causes the rest of the family to move to the German countryside in the year 1940. Upset with his new surroundings, Bruno wanders off one day and comes across the concentration camp. There sitting right behind a wire fence is a boy who is his age named Shmuel. Although, a little taken a back by Shmuel, the two form a friendship due to their age and wanting a friend to play with. The atmosphere around Bruno is anti-Semitic causing him to question what is right and wrong. Throughout the film, Bruno encounters the injustice of what is happening right in his own backyard as he helps Shmuel look for his father in the concentration camp. Confused by what is going on, Bruno and Shmuel find themselves in a gas chamber where they are both murdered.

Ultimately, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has a few inaccuracies given Shmuel’s age of a young child. But, the message in this movie is clear with the memory of the horror of the Holocaust. There are many people who have said “Never again” to the Holocaust happening, that is why there are movie like these that are important to watch so we can learn from history.


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