I was glad I had this pretty much already to go today as it is Holocaust Memorial Day. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz from the Nazis.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is based around those horrific events that occurred not only at Auschwitz, but at many concentration camps during World War II.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne ~ follows a 9-year-old boy growing up during World War II in Berlin, Germany. Having recently moved house, Bruno sees a camp from the windows, enclosed by wire fences but does not understand what it is. Despite warnings, he goes to explore the strange wire fence, where he meets a boy in striped pyjamas on the other side. This boy shares the same birthday as Bruno, and they strike up a friendship despite their differing backgrounds.