A wire fence stands between Bruno and Shmuel’s friendship at Auschwitz, and tragedy beckons when Bruno’s naivety and his distance from his family take him beyond the fence.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
The informational text “Auschwitz” details the treatment and use of prisoners in the three main Auschwitz concentration camps.
In this famous retelling of an Indian parable dealing with perception and the subjective nature of truth, six blind men approach an elephant and come away with very different perspectives.
Ira Sher is a contemporary author who writes short fiction. In this story, a man in a vulnerable position asks a group of children for help.
In Daniel Beaty’s poem “Knock Knock,” the speaker describes his relationship with his father and how he is impacted by his eventual absence.
"The House Dog and the Wolf" follows a traditional fable structure. It is a great introduction to the themes of freedom and comfort and the inherent tension between them.
In “The Stolen Party,” Liliana Heker tells the story of a girl who is invited to her friend’s party, whose family also employs her mother as their housekeeper.
In “The Bear and the Two Travelers,” a traveler abandons his friend in the face of danger.
In this well-known short story, Andersen tells the tale of a young girl stuck in the cold on New Year’s Eve while dreaming of warmth and family.
In “Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum,” acclaimed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel discusses the museum’s ability to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and his hopes for its impact on the future.