Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us . . . Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and 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 ...
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us . . . Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and 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. Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
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A short simple tale - so very simple - but so wonderfully told; sad, disturbing and satisfying. A very approachable and believeable point of view of the horror of the Holocaust. I could not recommend this book more highly.
Apr 12, 2012
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This book is a very easy, quick read. It is written with older children in mind. It will introduce them to a dark time in world history and the unbelievable cruelty of war and persecution.
Mar 8, 2010
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a fable about the Holocaust. It is written for teenage or young adult readers. The story centers around a young boy[Bruno] who is the son of a Nazi Concentration Camp Director living with his family at a Concentration Camp that commits murders and exterminations. As the book progresses, Bruno begins to realize and question some unusual, violent and evil occurrences. This is where frustration with the story line begins. Knowing that the Nazi/Hitler youth were indoctrinated at very young ages to a belief in a "superior race" left me as a reader feeling that there was a lack of balance between his natural ability to realize good vs evil and his high level of ability to achieve goals of exploration and other feats.
It seems the same story and outcome could have been achieved with a somewhat more realistic view as a boy Bruno's age would still have held the idealism of friendship, helpfulness and good over evil without having been told of the exterminations.
All in all, there is a powerful lesson in the story and it is well worth the read.
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