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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

1213 words - 5 pages

The Boy in The Striped Pajamas

Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is the son of a Nazi officer. When his father receives a promotion, the young boy must move with his family away from his friends and his comfortable home in Berlin. He quickly becomes bored in his new surroundings in the countryside where he has no one to play with.

From his bedroom window he can see a neighboring “farm” where all of the occupants wear “pajamas.” Hoping to play with the kids there, he can’t wait to go pay them a visit. Though his mother repeatedly warns him not to venture far from the house, his curiosity gets the best of him and he sneaks off to go exploring.

It is on one of these adventures through the woods ...view middle of the document...

Even with the absence of graphic violence, the movie may still be too upsetting for younger viewers.

While it is heartbreaking to watch, as are most movies about the Holocaust, it is still an important film. The movie not only depicts the tragic effects of prejudice, but it offers a poignant look at the evil that humans are capable of apart from Christ’s redemption. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas reminds us of the atrocities that can happen when people fail to love each other as Christ commanded.

-Empress Aeriel C. Baylosis

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, conducted by Japanese aircrafts was the bloody beginning of an awful war between Japan and the United States. It was an unannounced, brutal attack upon the United States naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. That unexpected attack on December 7, 1941 was originally just a preventive effort for keeping the U.S. Pacific fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to start in Southeast Asia (3 Keegan) . The aerial attack bombs resulted in the United States' entry into World War II which had previously been going on for more than two years in Europe. Six Japanese air crafts launched two aerial attack waves, sinking four United States Navy battleships and damaging two others (Santella 9).  Many U.S. personnel deaths were counted as well as many wounded. 

December 7, 1941 was a normal day for the U.S. battleships crew. In fact, USS Arizona sailors enjoyed a longer than normal wake-up call and a splendid breakfast of pancakes, bacon, oatmeal, eggs and coffee (1x Keegan). The arrival of Japanese aircraft was quite a surprise, despite the alerts restricting the sailors to leave the ships. The sailors thought the arriving aircraft overhead was just another demonstration by navy fliers, however when explosions started rocking the harbor, the American crews concluded; this is not a drill. The unannounced Japanese raid took about 2,400 lives and 1,178 personnel were wounded; many of which were aboard the USS Arizona (Santella 8). In total, 19 ships burned or exploded and more than 120 aircrafts were destroyed. This extreme act of violence spurred Americans determination and on December 11, Germany and Italy declared war on the United Sates (Santella 10).

Pearl Harbor has been compared to the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are two sides to the arguments about whether or not the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified. The first argument is pro: the two...

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