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Holocaust Literature Essay

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Holocaust Literature Essay
The Holocaust genre was a tragic time in the 1930s, during Hitler’s reign in Germany and it involved the persecution of the Jewish people. Holocaust literature was developed from this and from testimonies of survivors and fictional writings by authors. John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is an example of Holocaustic literature; the story follows a young boy who is the son of a Nazi officer during the reign of Hitler. Holocaust literature texts contain conventions common to the genre, e.g. specific vocabulary, historical aspects and themes. In Holocaust literature, one of the main conventions common to all is specific vocabulary; the vocabulary is not common in everyday English but common to novels in this category. For example, the term ‘concentration camp’ is the term given to a particular location where particularly Jewish people were held and killed. This term comes up in many or most novels in Holocaust literature as these ‘camps’ were an infamous part of Hitler’s reign over Germany. For example, in the novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, Bruno lives next to a concentration camp and this is a large part of the story. Other examples are words like Holocaust and Genocide. Most Holocaust literature has historical aspects in common, involving the way in which texts are centred on a particular historical period in time and the events that occurred in this period. As a result of this common time period, many characters in these types of novels are similar, i.e. German soldiers, Hitler and Jewish people. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ follows this convention because it is based in the 1940’s during the Holocaust period and involves typical characters of this time like Bruno’s father who is a Nazi, and Jewish people who live at the camp, next door to Bruno’s home. You can tell that this novel is based in this time-period throughout this book, for example when Shmuel, a young Jewish boy, says “my birthday is April the...
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