During the time Bruno and his family spent in Auschwits, the novel “The Boy In Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne states that the main idea dealt with racism. Racism was the base of three things; beatings, secrecy and it even tore the family apart.
The ongoing beatings were just horrendous. Nazi’s made the Jew’s go without food and water just because they are a different race. They raped and abused people for fun, like when Lieutenant Kotler killed the lady because she spilled the wine, and how Father was telling Bruno that Jew’s aren’t people. “'The people I see from the window. In the huts. In the distance. They're all dressed the same.' 'Ah, those people,' said Father, nodding his head and smiling slightly. 'Those people... well, they're not people at all, Bruno.'"
Another point; this novel brings up is secrecy, Bruno’s Mother never knew about the Camps, and what was going on. All of this was a total secret. Mother tells Bruno, his family had to move to Auschwitz, but Bruno’s Mother also says she doesn’t exactly know what he does, other than it’s an important job. A lot of Nazi’s never even knew about the happenings that went on over the fence. During the book many times it says that all of Bruno’s Father’s meetings were in his office, where the sound was hard to hear. The secrecy made Bruno’s mother start to have an affair with Kotler, and drank the often ‘medicinal cherry’. Everyone was informed when the lead role ‘Bruno’ got gassed whilst trying to find his best friend, Shumels, father.
As Bruno’s mother was slowly informed about the abuse in the holocaust, she wanted to take the kids and leave. She wasn’t convinced that it was a good place to raise children. They had numerous fights about the children and how she wanted to leave before someone gets killed. The curiosity of Shmuels past intrigues him to visit his best friend often. Yet he does not know that his friendship will cause a lot of chaos, and tear...