Reflection On The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

774 Words4 Pages
January 16, 1942, was the beginning of a villainous event where around six million innocent Jews were killed. This event is known as the Holocaust. The Holocaust is a topic that should only be taught to people who are old enough to understand the atrocity of this event. If you 're going to teach the Holocaust through a book it should be historically correct. John Boyne, the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, wrote his Holocaust-based book in the form of a fable. A fable is a fictional short story with made up characters that usually ends in a moral. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is about a young, naive, German boy named Bruno who meets a young, Jewish boy named Shmuel. Shmuel and Bruno become good friends despite their differences. Despite what his father wants Bruno talks with Shmuel because he doesn 't understand that it is wrong to be friends with a Jew. John Boynes’, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a great book for its genre, but when trying to be a teaching tool for the holocaust I personally think it does not work. This book is completely distorting the Holocaust. When teaching a topic so horrific, you need to tell everything accurately. One example from this book that is not historically correct is, “In the centre, between the wooden telephone poles, it lifted quite easily and a boy as small as Bruno could…show more content…
Although this book says it 's about the Holocaust it doesn’t accurately show the tragedies that happened to so many people. This book uses made up words to show how naive Bruno is and could be seen as very disrespectful to everyone who was affected by this. This book is very watered down and if any survivor read this they would be disappointed that people are reading this and thinking that this is what actually happened during the Holocaust. John Boynes’, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a great fable book, but I personally think it does not work as a teaching
Open Document