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the boy in the striped pajamas historical fact

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The boy in the Striped Pajamas
historical fact analysis -Justin Chang Shmuel Historical fact From the book Pavel,Maria Facts Facts Historical facts Shmuel is a 9 years old Jewish boy, who is a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, dressed in a striped blue and gray prison uniform.

Shmuel was chosen to work, and he is allowed to work completely unsupervised, so that he does nothing but sit near the perimeter fence and stare out at the trees surrounding the camp.
Bruno Bruno is totally clueless. He knows nothing about German nationalism or Hitler's war against the Jews. In this fable, a Jewish doctor is assigned to work in the home of the Commandant, where he peels potatoes unsupervised in the kitchen, and pours wine at the table when the Commandant has guests, even though the family also has a German maid. The concentration camp prisoners who worked in the homes of the SS staff were German inmates who were Jehovah's Witnesses. They were chosen to work as servants because they were considered trustworthy. The other inmates of the concentration camps were assigned jobs based on their work skills. The Nazis used Hollerith cards to keep track of the prisoners and their assignments based on their skills and education which were coded on the cards. Doctors were always assigned to work in the camp hospitals, never in German homes. In order for Ralf to have been given such an important position, he would have had to have been in a lower position in another concentration camp, or he would have had to have spent some time in the training camp at Dachau. The real life Commandant of Auschwitz was trained at Dachau and worked in the Sachsenhausen camp near Berlin before being promoted. Shmuel, who is 9 years old in the book
who works in Auschwitz. In fact in real life, only boys who were at-least 15 years old were chosen to work at Auschwitz; younger children were immediately gassed. Schmuel wears a number on his uniform, which Bruno thinks is part of a game. Jews have their numbers tattooed on their arms. And they don't wear badges to identify them as jews. Bruno's father Bruno's father, Ralf, has been promoted to the job of Commandant of an unnamed concentration camp. In the book, the camp is identified as Auschwitz, which Bruno pronounces "out-with". Unlike the real Auschwitz II camp, also known as Birkenau, which this fictional camp vaguely resembles, there are no fenced off sections inside the camp, so the unguarded perimeter fence is all that separates the Jews from freedom. Anyone can tunnel underneath the barbed wire fence. Bruno lives in the heart of Berlin and in the book, he is nine years old. He would have been five years old on November 9, 1938 when the store windows of all the Jewish stores were smashed; he would have walked through the broken glass on his way to kindergarten the morning after. As a German boy, Bruno would have been thrilled at the sight of "der Führer" riding through the streets of Berlin, standing up in his Mercedes, while the worshipping German people pelted him with flowers. But in the movie, Bruno is more like an 8-year-old boy today who knows nothing about Nazi Germany. Mother Bruno's mother eventually figures out what is going on at the camp because she smells the odor from a crematorium and sees black smoke. Instead of telling her that the bodies had to be burned to prevent the spread of a typhus epidemic in the camp, her husband the Commandant tells her that sometimes they burn rubbish at the camp. In the real Auschwitz main camp, the crematorium was wedged in between the Gestapo building and the SS Hospital where any billowing black smoke or smell of burning flesh would have driven the SS men out of the camp, but apparently this never happened because there is no smoke and no smell from the burning of bodies in crematoria in real life.
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