Film Review – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

•September 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Through reading the novel and watching the movie of ‘The boy in striped pyjamas’ we can observe differences in events, setting and also reactions people make due to each story line presented. The novel and movie both have advantages and disadvantages in its ability to convey messages, themes and make people react differently.

One of the main advantages in the movie version was that we have the ability to see the characters. Through site and visual aid we are able to see their body language, facial expressions, emotions and reactions. The version that is in novel form was told in third person point of view which made it hard, in some circumstances, to understand feelings and emotion as you had to create a character’s body language or facial expression, in your mind. This picture created in your head isn’t always correct and can make people unsure of what characters are feeling. A disadvantage of the movie was that whilst reading the book, a lot more detail and information was released about the actions and reactions of characters, as it was being told in third person. With no narration in the movie, it made it hard to fully understand the characters and justify their actions or reactions as their is no help from a narrator telling the story for you.

An advantage of the book was that, as mentioned above, the third person point of view gave a lot more information to the mind, telling the story for you. This information gave a clearer imprint in my mind which came through and helped with events happening later on in the novel. A disadvantage of the novel, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ was that, obviously like most other books or novels, it had no sound. This meant a voice of what you thought each character would sound like, mightn’t be correct. After watching the movie I was surprised to hear father speak for the first time. In the novel he was portrayed to have a sharp, harsh voice that would be associated with an SS commandant, which he didn’t seem to have. Also, I saw Gretel, Bruno’s sister, portrayed a lot meaner in the novel than in the movie. Another thing was that the picture built in your mind about the setting could’ve also been a lot different. I assumed that whilst at their first house, in Berlin, the streets wouldn’t have been as crowded as they were.

Both versions of the story, being the novel and the movie, are relatively involving and provide advantages as well as disadvantages. For me, I thought the movie of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ was a whole lot more enjoyable. This is because I found it easier to understand the characters’ emotions and that was all because of the audio and visual components, which cannot be found in the novel.

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Rudolf Hoss- Man or Monster?

•August 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Rudolf Hoss was born in Germany, in the year 1900. He was a very strict catholic in his early ages but slowly drifted apart from the church in his early teens. He was the eldest of three children, and the only male. A few years later he joined the army where he served at many different locations whilst doing many different jobs. Soon after in 1933, he joined the SS, where after years of hard work and service he became the lieutenant colonel of the SS. In 1940 he was appointed, by Hitler, the first ever commandant at the newly built Auschwitz, which became the largest death camp made.

At this death camp, being the commandant, he was responsible for being a mass murderer. Although there are no records of him ever personally hitting, let alone killing anyone at the camp, he was responsible for the death and murder of millions of Jews. Early on in being commandant, Rudolf Hoss visited the Treblinka extermination camp to study its methods of human extermination and perfect techniques of mass killing in Auschwitz that made it the most efficiently murderous instrument of the Final Solution and the most powerful symbol of the Holocaust.

Rudolf Hoss married a woman named Hedwig Hensel in 1929 until his death in 1947. Once married, they had five children, two of them being boys and the other three being girls. He was supposed to have had an affair with an Auschwitz prisoner, but he extricated himself by sending her to the gas chamber. Although he did this he also had a very affectionate side. He kissed his wife morning and night as well as kissing and tucking his children into bed every night. When this is compared to the mass murderer of Auschwitz, he doesn’t seem like such a bad person. Though, this doesn’t change my thoughts and feelings about him and how much hatred he had for the Jews. He was much worse in real life compared to how he is portrayed, as the same character, in the novel; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Propaganda and The Final Solution

•August 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

From researching Propaganda and the Final Solution I have come to realise the desperate decisions that the Nazi’s as well as Hitler made and used such as the Final Solution helped show how much hatred they had for the Jews and their religion. It also emphasises the horror the Jews went through during the holocaust.

The Final Solution, which was the Nazi’s secret plan to eradicate the Jewish population, was used to solve their so called ‘problems’. The Jews were mostly deported to concentration camps where they lived in overcrowded and unsatisfactory conditions with inadequate foods, if they got any. In camps, the Jews were forced to do hard work and many hours of labour where most of the gassed afterwards.

Propaganda was used by most military organisations during wars to modify the minds of people normally in the form of posters, pictures or short films. They also released information about their opposition’s weaknesses to change the people’s thoughts as well as their point of view on them.

Welcome To My New Blog

•July 27, 2012 • 1 Comment

Hello World! Welcome to my new blog which is about the holocaust. Regular posts will be written regarding the holocaust and World War Two.