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'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' March 1

February 24, 2011

The film, 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,' is a fictional story about an eight-year-old boy (the son of a Nazi commandant) who initiates a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. The film is being shown in conjunction with Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week at Colorado State.

Filmed in Budapest, Hungary, <em>The Boy in the Striped Pajamas</em> won a nomination for Asa Butterfield for Young British Performer of the Year.

Tuesday, March 1
7 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre

The Students for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness will show The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a fictional story that offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime.

Film summary

Through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp.

Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.

The imagined story of Bruno and Shmuel sheds light on the brutality, senselessness and devastating consequences of war from an unusual point of view. Together, their tragic journey helps recall the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust.  

Contact: Allison Peiser