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Friday, November 7, 2008

"Innocence Lost and Humanity Found"

Last night, I went to a pre-screening of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas".

Seen through the eyes of Bruno, the 8 year old son of a Nazi commander of a concentration camp, is the story of his innocent friendship with an 8 year old Jewish boy, Shmuel.

They were separated by barbed wire, yet completely accepting of each other, as if they were living and playing on the same street. Sharing conversation, food, and games, they formed a bond.

When Shmuel reveals to Bruno that his father is missing, Bruno sneaks into the camp, disguised in "striped pajamas", the issued prisoner pants and shirt, to help his friend find his father.

A most powerful ending. Another reminder of the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust.


7 comments:

debra said...

I'd never heard of the movie; I'll be looking for it now, though. What a powerful story. Thank you.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

That photo reminds me of a chain link fence separating California from Mexico in Imperial Beach.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/22/us/22border.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Of course, the Border Patrol going to reinforce the fence with steel; no more dancing, kissing, or passing babies back and forth through the fence.

Ellie

Ree said...

wow.

Lady Jaye said...

Gah. I'm not sure I could watch that. I cried through pretty much all of Schindler's List. Such a tragic time in World History but amazing the bonds that were formed and how the basic goodness of others saved so many lives.

lis said...

Love the honesty and pure innocence of children..

Betty said...

I hadn't heard of this movie- it sounds awesome!

Thanks for the tip.

Hugs,
Betty

Beth said...

my 14 year old wants to see this...I think I will actually take him!!! ;)