How does the movie "The Boy in Striped Pajamas" relate to history?

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas relates to history through its poignant tale of a Nazi officer's son who befriends a boy in the Auschwitz concentration camp.  The movie is based on a book written by John Boyne and was published in 2008.  Although the novel is fictional, the story contains many historical elements.

For example, the story is told through the eyes of Bruno, the son of the Nazi commander, and Bruno describes one evening when his father has an important guest, known to Bruno as the 'Fury' which is actually Adolf Hitler.  Bruno also makes friends with another young boy named Shmuel, who lives on the other side of a fence (in Auschwitz).  Boyne uses Bruno's perspective to show the chilling circumstances of a Nazi death camp through a young, innocent child's eyes. 

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