The Holocaust was a very tragic event that happened in world history. One of the many books written about this is the The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. In this book, Bruno and Gretel Hoess along with their parents, have different perspectives of the current events going on around them. Throughout the book, some of their initial perspectives change as they change their surroundings. The children have different perspectives of the world around them than their parents.
Subject, Daniel Briggs, took his life at the young age of 16. He had been bullied for 9 years by a small group of students. Subject lived in New York and had a soft spot for helping others. His interests included hunting and trapping, however, this was not popular where he lived. The bullying began when he was young and it carried on into high school. Once he had reached high school, it escalated. Daniel had difficulty finding friends who had common interests with him and ultimately made him a target for bullying.
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
In the very beginning, the protagonist, Liesel, is faced with her first tragic encounter. On a train traveling toward Munich to live with foster parents, Liesel endures the death of her six year old brother. “There was an intense spurt of coughing. Almost an inspired spurt. And soon after-nothing” (Zusak 20). Her brother’s death happens so quickly that Liesel and her mother are left in disbelief and despair. This incentive moment began the tragic journey for Liesel or as Death named her, the Book Thief. After leaving her mom and being brought to her foster home, Liesel clings to the hope that this is just temporary. Because her foster father, Hans, taught her how to read and write, she desperately attempts to reach out through letters to her mom with no response. Even though Liesel is in this tragic journey, she has comfort and companionship from her foster parent, Hans, Rudy, a neighbor boy, and finally Max, the hidden Jew. Each of these relationships causes a chain reaction towards tragedy. As for Hans, “Liesel observed the strangeness of her foster father's eyes. They were made of kindness, and silver. Like soft silver, melting” (Zusak 34). Because of his kindness, Liesel also observes the tragedy. Having seen Hans being whipped multiple times in front of many people for helping a Jew and then drafted into war for also helping a Jew, Liesel sees the consequences for standing up for your own beliefs. Hans also developed in Liesel the love of reading which causes her to stand in horror and watch the burning of the book ceremony. Rudy, on the other hand, has a different relationship with Liesel. A love hate relationship that dealt with stealing and a childhood of mischievousness, these two characters bring joy in each others’ lives. Not knowing what they would do without each other, Liesel and Rudy depend on each other only to have that
He is stunned by how The officer “casually raise his pistol’(36) and kills Aunt Leah. Daniel wonders how the officer could shoot Leah without showing emotion, casually as if he did this every day. Which he most likely did. Daniel is so impacted that he “doesn't even cry”, He knew that the Nazis didn't like Jews but how could this hatred justify for killing another human. And he wonders how his entire race is beginning to be wiped out, and few people even know. The significance of this of this event how daniel remembers Her. Even though she was strict she loved her children and made the ultimate sacrifice for them, but it was in vain. Daniel will remember her sacrifice and feel sorrow for all the people he has seen
These teens have similar and different traits. Each of them lived together and became closer. They also had a different thing to study and learn about. The teens were good friends, Jews, lived in the Annex, and are all dead. Their differences were there genders, age, and parent’s favorite. These similarities and differences helps people understand more about the
Twelve-year-old Hannah Stern, is a Jewish girl from New Rochelle, NY. What started out as a normal traditional dinner called Seder, became an adventure of humiliation, survival, death, and a new found appreciation for her family and heritage. Hannah, during Seder dinner, was told to answer the door to see if someone was coming. When she opened the door she was suddenly transported back in time—to Poland in 1942. Her confusion grows deeper as she inhabits the life of Chaya Abramowicz. Not understanding if this is a dream, or if she is Hannah or Chaya, she and her new friends and family are then taken by the Nazis. The book details the horrific acts that happened at the concentration camps during WW2, and the message of never forgetting what
As they move into their new house, that has wire fence surrounding their property, Bruno has a feeling that something is up and feels unsafe. He looks out his room window and sees many kids and adults all wearing the same striped outfit on the other side of the fence. Without knowing his family moves into a residence near the concentration camp, Auschwitz.
It is January 1939. Liesel Meminger, a nine year old girl, soon to be ten. She has a dream about Adolf Hitler, the Führer, and one of his powerful speeches. As she wakes up from her dream, she sees her brother, Werner lie motionless, on the train, dead. They stop at the next nearest down, where he is buried by two grave diggers, one is a young apprentice. Spotting a book slip out of the apprentices pocket, The Grave Digger’s Handbook, Liesel picks it up. Liesel and her mother make their way to Munich, where they are say goodbyes and separate for good. Liesel is
The narrator and Henri are inmates Auschwitz who have the task of unloading rail cars filled with people and all of their belongings. As we relive the experiences, we will compare and contrast each of their perceptions as these events unfold.
In 1943 Annmarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen live in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nazi Germany has occupied their country. One day Annemarie, Ellen, and Annemarie’s younger sister Kristi walk home from school. Annemarie and Ellen decide to race but, German soldiers had stoped them on the corner near their apartment building. The Germans question them about a couple of thing so they answer the questions. When Annmarie, Ellen and Kristi arrive home Mrs. Johansen who is Annmaries mom and Mrs. Rosen who is Ellen’s mom are very upset to hear about their daughter’s interacting with the Germans. They warn the girls not to interact with the soldiers.
The second chapter was told from the perspective of the 11-year-old daughter. She talks about their journey on a train.
In this book Karl Stern is a fourteen-year old boy who lives in Berlin during the start of the Holocaust. His father owns an art gallery and is severely struggling to sell and buy artwork, while alongside his mother suffers from severe depression and his nine-year old sister deals with self-loathing for having Jewish physical
A truck peels away from the house across the street. Inside there is a family of seven. A mother and her six children, the oldest being just fourteen. The father was killed in the war along with Markus. Today they are being carted off to the gas chambers upon discovery that they were in fact, Jewish.
Firstly, the book Once teaches students about historical events that take place during WWII. The force of the Nazis is demonstrated in the novel when they didn’t let anything interfere with their schedule and purpose. Felix, Chaya and Zelda risked their lives and jumped out of a Nazi controlled train that they had been squashed in for hours. This shows the desperate measures the living Jewish had to do to survive. Also, the children and adult starved on limited food supplies. This book gives high school students an excellent understanding of events that took place during the brutal WWII.