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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

In 1978, the year I graduated from college, I watched the NBC miniseries Holocaust. It rattled me. I remember that for weeks and months after seeing it, I couldn’t get those images out of my mind. The level of evil that was portrayed was beyond my comprehension. And, of course, a movie could never even come close to capturing the full impact of what happened.

It motivated me to learn more about that period of history. It seemed like something out of the Dark Ages. I remember how I felt the day I realized that this took place just a little over a decade before I was born. (It ended around 1945. I was born in 1956.) Ever since that time I’ve tried to learn whatever I can about the holocaust.

I’m hoping that The Boy in the Striped Pajamas has the same effect on people. It is not as graphic as other holocaust movies. Instead it tries to put a human face on what happened. We hear the numbers—millions of Jews murdered. But each number was a person. We know that. But sometimes we need to be reminded.

If you didn’t catch the movie when it came out last year, get the DVD. It’s not a fun movie to watch. But it is vital that we remember what happened. And any movie that can help us with that is important.

Consider watching it with your children. But be sure to watch it yourself first. You’ll need to determine if your children are ready. I wouldn’t recommend it for young ones. But at some point our kids need to know. The survivors that are left are very old and won’t be with us much longer. In a world filled with hate, racism and a new surge of holocaust deniers, we make a statement about justice when we are bold enough to tell our children about injustice.

(I saw on amazon.com that Holocaust is also available on DVD.)

Reader Comments (1)

I saw this movie right after it came out on DVD and I was taken by the way it showed a friend's love. To me it showed a example of unconditional love and the sacrifices that people make for others they care about. It made me think of God's unconditional Love for all of us.

July 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoann Morris

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