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According to, the Holocaust, which is also referred to as the Shoah was a genocide in which six million European Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi army. The Holocaust was not a short period of time, taking place from the early thirties to the mid-forties. The victims included 1.5 million children and accounted for about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who had lived in Europe. Adolf Hitler believed that Jews were an inferior race and a threat to Germans and should be killed. Once World War II began Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David to be easily targeted, they were also forced to live in certain cities called ghettos to be picked up and taken to concentration camps. Germans were treated much like how African …show more content…

The movie is set in Germany in the 1940’s and tells the story of a 9-year-old boy Bruno and the trials that he endures as a result of the Holocaust. He is growing up during World War 2 and eventually loses his life. Bruno is forced into a world that he did not ask to be in and his child like innocence is what leads to his death. His desire to help others, his ignorance towards the world he lived in and his need to help someone in need sadly cost him his life. Bruno lives with his parents, his 12-year-old sister Gretel and maids, one of whom is called Maria. After a visit by Adolf Hitler, Bruno's father is promoted to Commandant. This promotion requires the entire family to pack up their life and move. Bruno is very unhappy with this change because not only will he have to leave his comfortable neighborhood and home but he also has to leave his three best friends. Bruno’s father has no sympathy for him simply because he is a military man that believes in raising his children in a strict disciplinarian manner. Bruno is now alone with no one to play with so he goes exploring and comes across the concentration camp near his house where his father works. Bruno ends up befriending a little boy from the concentration camp and agrees to help the little boy find his father. This then leads to Bruno getting stuck in a gas room and dying with hundreds of

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