Posts Tagged ‘nazis’

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a gripping story set during World War II, as the Nazis are killing the Jews by the thousands. Most of the German civilians are oblivious to what is going on, including Bruno, a nine-year-old boy whose father is a Nazi officer stationed at a concentration camp. To him, the Third Reich is saving the world from disaster. When his father gets promoted, Bruno and his family move to Out-With, a very dreary, desolate and boring place. When Bruno first arrives there, he sees many people in the distance, behind a very tall and sharp-looking fence. Who all have one thing in common: They are all wearing what Bruno thinks are striped pajamas. Bruno doesn’t know what’s really going on until he meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel, who opens his eyes to things that he never could’ve dreamed of. Things like discrimination, injustice and concentration camps. Bruno discovers the problems of the real world, and they’re shocking.

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My recommended age group to read this book is ages ten and up because although Bruno is nine years old in the beginning of the book, there are still some pretty tough elements that can be hard to comprehend in this book. Also, The Boy in The Striped Pajamas has a very unexpected ending, so if you’re one of those people who always need happy endings, this is not a book for you. I, on the other hand, thought it was very powerful, and I thought that the ‘unexpected ending’ made the whole conflict seem more real and appalling to me.

My favorite character in this book was Shmuel, because his situation is very pitiful, but he’s also very mature, and he is a lot different from Bruno because he knows so much more about how the Jews are suffering.

If you are intrigued by Holocaust/WWII literature, this would be a good book to add to your reading list.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Read a book about a courageous girl living during the Holocaust as a Jew in Amsterdam. Experience extreme courage and live in a secret annex. Hear the bombs overhead. This is the life of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank was a Jew living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. Once the war started, the Franks went into hiding, and Anne started a diary that is well-known today.  I adore Anne Frank, I mean, I’m a lot like her. I like to write things down, or journal, and read a lot. (As you can see as you read my blog) My favorite part of this book is the way Anne explains the everyday, ordinary details of being in hiding. For instance, arguments, romance, and just plain waiting for the war to be over.

The book is best suited for teenagers, so not for little kids.  It is definitely an autobiography, and I strongly advise you to read it if you have not already.  Once you’ve read it, you will understand more thoroughly what World War II really was all about, and how hard it was on Jews. But I would like to warn you that the diary does not end like any other book. It ends very suddenly.   In real life, Anne ends up going to a concentration camp, and sadly, her story doesn’t end well, like most children’s stories. So get ready for a bitter-sweet story that will make you sad, but make you think at the same time.