domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Now you have all read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (you have, haven´t you?... You´d better!!) maybe you´d like to know a little bit more about the Holocaust and Auschwitz itself.
Steven Spielberg carried out a thorough research when he was preparing his film Schindler´s List (based on Oskar Schindler´s life; a film I recommend...why don´t you borrow it from the library in front of our school and watch it at Christmas?... ); he worked together with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the webpage of this museum there are a couple of videos, less than ten minutes each, where different people talk about Auschwitz while you watch photographs of the camp as part of the Nazi camp system and of the place as it looks like nowadays. Have a go and see how much you understand: one is called Encountering Auschwitz and the other is Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS

And now you can watch the trailer of the film based on John Boyne´s book. Remember: don´t watch the whole film before you take the exam... but I know sometimes it´s easier to think about a book if you can have the picture of the characters in your head, so I hope this will be useful for you.

By the way, have you noticed the different spellings of the word, pyjamas-pajamas, on the title of the books above? Both spellings are correct. The word "pyjama" was incorporated into the English language from Hindustani language. The word originally derives from the Persian word پايجامه Payjama meaning "leg garment."

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