The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

BY CHLOE DETHORNE

I recently rewatched one of my favorite movies, which was made based on one of my favorite books from elementary school. In the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, many historical events are discussed. The main event, and essentially the idea of the movie, is explaining the Holocaust time period. Bruno’s dad is an officer of Hitler and receives orders to do certain things in the camps during this time. The Holocaust was a mass genocide of the Jewish population. Here are some examples of historical events and symbols in this movie.

In one scene in the movie, a Jewish slave is beat by an officer at a dinner after the slave slipped and accidentally spilled a drink on him. The Jewish prisoners were forced upon labor to the Germans and were under their control.

Bruno’s sister takes a keen interest in the Hitler Youth Program and propaganda given during this time. She begins to hang posters, listen to broadcasts, read books, and change her lifestyle to focus on the Hitler Youth. The Hitler Youth was Hitler’s idea of the future Nazi party. Certain characteristics physically and mentally were needed for the children to be a part of. The wanted blonde hair and blue eyes of German kids by Hitler was strict. They must agree with Hitler’s idea and be under his rule entirely. Thus, the movie depicts certain events from history and symbolizes things that happened.