Wednesday, November 21, 2007

the boy in the striped pajamas...

I must say that one of my favorite times in history to learn about it World War II. Well I'm not sure if it's a favorite time but one of the most interesting to me. It is probably due to the fact that it is a war that I can understand or maybe it's because I can relate to it. My grandpa was a captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was made a prisoner of war at the age of 19. Christmas spent in the snow after walking for miles was not what he had intended. Yet, God saw him through it.

It's the stories that are shared that intrigue me about this time. Books such as Number the Stars, Diary of Anne Frank, and Corrie Ten Boom have been imprinted on my heart. The majority of the books are from a Jewish/prisoner perspective. I recently finished a book by John Boyne called, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. My suitemate suggested the book to me after she finished it for her literature education class. The perspective is of a German boy who's Father is a German soldier. Due to his Father's honor of being deemed Commandant of a POW camp, Bruno and his family move out of Berlin to the country. This new place has no one for nine-year-old Bruno to play with...yet he discovers that in the distance, behind a fence, there are little people in striped pajamas.
One day as he is exploring, he comes in contact with a boy his age that is a prisoner...their relationship is quite unusual. Bruno is so naive and curious as to the people wearing pajamas and why they are so skinny. I won't tell you the ending, just in case you read it...which I think that you should! It's an easy read and it was very eye-opening...and that is my tribune to history for the week.

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