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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne

About the Author
John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971. When he first started writing he mostly wrote short stories and he had published some of them. His first story he had written was The Entertainments Jar, he published around about 70 short stories. John Boyne had written 3 novels before he had written The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. In 2007 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was the bestselling book in Spain and it had sold more than 5 million copies.

Novel Structure
In the boy and the Striped Pyjamas, the book and movie are presented as a fable. A fable is defined as a story with a clear moral message, and one that places less emphasis on the characters and settings, and more on the plot and what actually happens in the story. Fables also usually are short and have animals with human characteristics rather than human characters. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is presented with these elements that are contained in fables.

Historical Research -
Part One: Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He came into power in 1934 until 1945. He believed that it was the Jews fault that Germany lost the First World War and he blamed them for everything wrong in Germany. The term “anti-Semitism” is suspicion or hatred towards Jewish people. “Persecution” is when a person is mistreated by another group of people. The Nazis were all members of the National Socialist Party in Germany which was over taken by Hitler. The Nazis helped Hitler build camps to kill all the Jewish people and those who did not fit into Hitler’s description of a perfect person. The word “fuhrer” means leader in German. This word is now commonly associated with Hitler. In 1933 Hitler legally became the dictator of Germany. He had instructed the Nazi party to set up concentration camps though they weren’t as well designed as they would be in a few years onward. The Final Solution was the Nazi Party’s plan...

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