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The Boy in Striped Pajamas

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Courtney Anderson

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Transcript of The Boy in Striped Pajamas

John Boyne

- Born in Dublin,
Ireland (1971)
- Education:
Trinity College, Dublin
and the
University of
East Anglia, Norwich
-Irish Novelist

Writing Career
Over 70 short stories
8 adult novels
4 children's novels
The Boy in Striped Pajamas
About the Author
Literary Elements of the Book
The Boy in Striped Pajamas
Adapted into a Miramax Film (2008)
80 weeks as number 1 in Ireland
5 million copies sold worldwide
Translated into 46 Languages
Recipient of numerous awards
History of the Time
Courtney Anderson
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
By John Boyne
Quotes from the Author
Quotes from the Book
Ralph Hoess
- Father of Bruno and Gretel
- Nazi Commandant transferred from Berlin to Auschwitz

Bruno Hoess
-Curious 9 year old boy
- Son of Ralph and Elsa Hoess
- Naive, adventurous and loyal

Bruno to Shmuel...
“the thing about exploring is you have to know whether the thing you found is worth finding, some things are just sitting there minding their own business waiting to be discovered like America, and other things are probably best left alone like a dead mouse at the back of a cupboard.” “I think I belong to the first category,” said Shmuel. “Yes,” replied Bruno “I think you do."
"One thing I have done is in Striped Pyjamas, is the two boys say they were born on the 15th of April 1934 and I chose that date and that month and that year because that’s the day, month and year on which my own father was born and my father happily is alive but I use that date because I wanted to be able to look at my dad and think alright this is the life that these boys and boys like them could have lead, their children, their grandchildren, the jobs, the whole thing that makes up your experience of life, this is where they would have been now had their story ended differently..."
Draws parallels between the characters and his life

Brings characters to life

Connects past to present
- 9 year old Jewish boy
- Prisoner in Auschwitz
- Eyes the color of caramel
- Timid yet playful



Gretel Hoess
- Older sister to Bruno
- 12 years old
- Flirty and obedient
- Love interest:
Lieutenant Kurt Kotler

Told from Bruno's Point of view
Berlin, Germany...

Bruno comes home from school and belongings are packed.

Family relocates from Berlin to "Out-With"

Father will be in charge of the prison camp Auschwitz.
Just outside of Auschwitz, Poland...

Bruno gets lonely.

Sees children he could play with in Out-With

"Aren't they strange mother? They wear pajamas."

Explorations take Bruno to the fence where he meets Shmuel

Meet everyday, tell stories, play catch and checkers

Gretel tells Bruno the Jews are "Nothings"

Shmuel comes to Bruno's
house to clean
Bruno offers him
Lt. Kolter catches Shmuel
Bruno denies knowing Shmuel

Shmuel returns to the fence
three days later. His Father
is missing

Bruno offers to help find Shmuel's Father
Bruno Shmuel
Both born on April 15th, 1934
- Same birthday as
Boyne's father

Taken away from their homes
Confused in new surroundings

New found friendship sustains

Ralph Hoess = Rudolf Höss
Höss lived in Auschwitz with his wife and five children
Hoess lived with his wife and two children
First Commandant of Auschwitz
World War II was the most destructive conflict in history.
It cost more money
Damaged more property
Killed more people

...than any other war in history.

Children were targeted by the Nazis

If they lived, they would raise a new generation of Jews.

Children suffocated in the crowded cattle cars.

Survivors were immediately taken to the gas chambers.
“What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?”
“ We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that? ”
-Bruno to Shmuel
“Well you've been brought here against your will, just like I have. If you ask me, we're all in the same boat. And it's leaking.”
- Bruno to Maria the maid

“He looked down and did something quite out of character for him: he took hold of Shmuel's tiny hand in his and squeezed it tightly.
"You're my best friend, Shmuel," he said. "My best friend for life.”
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