FC: HOLOCAUST Novels The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Zach, Jared, Megan, Lauren, Sam, and Kirsten
1: Summary of Novel In the novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne, a young boy named Bruno goes from a big home in Berlin, to a down-sized house next to a camp that he calls "Out-With". He spends a lot of time, complaining about wanting to move back to Berlin, where his friends, adventurous house, and grandparents are. When exploring along the concentration camp's fence, he came across a boy named Shmuel, whom is the same age as Bruno, ,and they become great friends. Later, Bruno’s grandmother dies, and they return to Berlin for 2 days After the decision was made for Bruno, Gretel, and Mother to go back to Berlin, Bruno decides to go onto the other side of the fence to help Shmuel find his father. They are unknowingly lead to the gas chambers, losing their lives. Bruno’s family didn't know how he disappeared or where he was, hoping that he would soon come back. _ #2 Discuss (2) things he/she learn s along the way? #1 #2 PART 3 VIEW OF CULTURAL/ETHNIC GROUP 1.What did you learn from the novel about this cultural or ethnic group during this time period? (2 examples) #1 #2 1.How did your view of this cultural or ethic group change as a result of reading this novel (2 changes)? ( I used to think. Now after. I believe.because ) #1 #2
2: THEME In the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the author, John Boyne, wants readers to understand that friendship is one thing that can make people feel at home. This does not only in this time period, but also to people today.
3: Example 1 (Chapter 1) In the first Chapter, Bruno comes home to find out that him and his family are moving to Berlin. Bruno is not very happy about this because his three best friends lived close to him. He doesn't want to say bye to them, so he tries to talk his mother into not moving. It doesn't work though.
4: THEME Example 2 (Chapter 17) Another example of the theme is when Bruno's mother wanted to move back to their old house, but Bruno wanted to stay because he made a new friend Shmuel. He also didn't want to move back to his old house because he didn't remember any of his other friends there.
5: Example 3 (Chapter 19) Bruno risked his life without knowing by going to the other side of the fence to help Shmuel find his dad and spend more time with him. This example supports the theme because it shows how much Bruno cares about Shmuel and wants to continue being friends with him.
6: CHARACTERIZATION ADVERSITIES or OBSTACLES The main character Bruno faced many adversities during the this time period.
7: Obstacle # 1 Bruno moving to Out-With How he/she overcame obstacle? After a while, Bruno stopped complaining and started to like it more. In the beginning he was really mad and complained a lot, but later on he got over it.
8: Obstacle # 2 Bruno had 3 friends at Berlin, but when he moved to Out-With, he didn't have any.
9: How did he/she overcome obstacle? Bruno was finally getting bored and he went on a exploration and met a new person. He ended up meeting Shmuel and became very good friends with him.
10: Lessons Bruno learned along the way.... # 1 | Bruno learns what true friends are, and the meaning of true friends. He had 3 friends in Berlin, but soon forgot them when he got to Out-with. He realized that Shmuel was a true friend because they spent time talking about their lives, and enjoyed being by another. A great lesson is that what one true friend is better then many fake friends.
11: # 2 | Bruno also learns that good friends and family makes an ordinary house, home. A house is just a house, but home is where you live with your loved ones.
12: VIEW OF THE HOLOCAUST What did you learn from the novel about the Holocaust? # 1 The Germans wouldn't allow the Jews To be apart of their culture so they put them in concentration camps, or made them their slaves. # 2 The Germans didn't agree with the Jews religion so they burned them if they were too young or didn't work. # 3 In this time period, Hitler was in charge so people didn't have their own opinions.
13: Did you know... ...the Holocaust began in 1933 and ended in 1945? ...an estimated number of 1.1 million children lost their lives during this time? ...holo means "wholly" and and caust means "burnt" in Latin? This name was given to the tragedy because the people that lost their lives were cremated?
14: View of People Now after reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas I believe that not all the Germans were bad because some people were against that war and Hitler. I used to think that it did not matter what religion you are, but now after reading this book I believe that a lot of people judge each other by their religion because of what people did do to the Jews.
15: I used to think the Holocaust was just any old war and it wasn't that important, but now I recognize how much the people had to go through and how brave they were. Now after reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas I believe it could happen again, but probably won't because it could go undercover, and no one would know, but that is unlikely. I used to think people of different races got along better. Now after reading what happened, I believe that wasn't entirely true because the Germans had a problem with Jews, while the Jews were "okay" with them before the Holocaust.