The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the heartrending story of Bruno, a 9-year-old German boy living in World War II-era Berlin. When Bruno, the son of a high-ranking SS officer, moves to Auschwitz after his father receives a promotion directly from the Fuhrer, he is overcome with loneliness. When he inquires about the people he has seen wearing striped pajamas his father informs him they are not really people because they are Jews. Ignoring the rule forbidding him from exploring the area surrounding their home he meets Shmuel, a boy his own age who lives on the other side of the tall fence that is in their backyard. They soon become friends with Bruno never fully understanding why he cannot speak of their friendship with his father.
When Bruno finds out that he is to move back to Berlin he decides to embark upon one last adventure with his friend. Shmuel asks him dress in a set of striped pajamas like his own and crawl under the fence to come help him find his father, who has gone missing in the camp. His desire to help his friend comes with tragic consequences...
Acclaimed by critics worldwide and now a major motion picture, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a deeply profound and haunting novel that once read you're unlikely to ever forget.
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When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.