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

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, based on the book of the same title, tells the story of a child's perspective on the Holocaust, one of the world's most major historical events. From the fight to survive in a Nazi concentration camp to the daily life of a Nazi official and his family, the film has many significant historical details.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tells the story of Bruno, a young German boy whose family moves from Berlin to the countryside, where his father, a Nazi official, has just become commandant of a concentration camp. The family lives alongside the camp, and one day Bruno meets and becomes friends with Shmuel, a Jewish boy on the other side of the barbed wire fence. The boys, too young and innocent to fully understand what's happening around them, become close friends.

The novel and film both seek to show audiences what the Holocaust was like through the eyes of children who were living during it. Other stories, such as Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, have tackled similar themes. The story also shows the vast difference in the lives of a Jewish boy and a privileged German boy of the same age during that time period. Bruno's family lives in a spacious home and enjoys being served their meals, while Shmuel is struggling to survive just a short distance away.

While the book and film have both faced...

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