Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

It's easy to forget that many Nazi soldiers had families. Not only were they responsible for the horrific genocide of Jewish people in WW II, but another victim of their abhorrent actions, were the people who loved them. Families either turned a blind eye or did not know what was going on, especially the children. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, we meet a Nazi officer and his family. His 8 year old son is sheltered from the intricacies of his father's work. When they move to the country, so his father can command a concentration camp, the boy befriends a young boy in the camp through the electric fence. The consequences of his naivete, fear and good intentions is heartbreaking.

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