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.
In Daniel Beaty’s poem “Knock Knock,” the speaker describes his relationship with his father and how he is impacted by his eventual absence.
In the fable “The House Dog and the Wolf,” a wolf must make the choice between comfort and freedom.
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.