4. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’
On the opposite side of fictitious Holocaust portrayals, Mark Herman adapted Irish writer John Boyne’s novel for his 2008 drama of the same name. The film, like the book, explores the horror of World War II through the eyes of two young boys, one the son of a Nazi commandant, the other a Jewish inmate. Critics questioned the fabrication of children surviving in Auschwitz, others claim the film accurately reflected the value system of the war. All acknowledge the gross sentimentalizing of a fictional Nazi loss at the close, when both boys die in a gas chamber.