By Charo Albala
When this book fell in my hands I had no idea of what it was about. I thought it was a children’s story. However, as soon as I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The character of Bruno with all his innocence and tenderness made me see the Holocaust from a new perspective.
The boy was the son of a Nazi commander who is assigned to Auschwitz. Bruno missed Berlin and his friends and from the first moment he is curious about the strange people he could see from his bedroom window.
One day, out of boredom, he decides to go on an exploration tour along the wire fence. Eventually , he finds a little boy named Shmuel who is wearing striped pyjamas.
Despite all their differences and disagreements the two children become close friends until the moment they embark on a final adventure with unexpected consequences.
After reading the book I travelled to Poland where I had the opportunity to visit the real concentration Camp in Auschwitz.
Then, I realized that reality must have been even worse than fictions, as you can imagine looking at the hair-raising pictures I took there that can be seen below.