|"Arbeit macht frei" - Work makes you free.|
Boyne writes in such a simplistic way, yet he grasps your attention on every single page. His language captures the tragedy that was the Holocaust through the innocent eyes of a nine-year-old boy, replacing the expected horrendous descriptions with subtle images from an unknowing perspective, making more powerful the sheer horror of the cruel situation. There are moments of laughter, of confrontation, of hopes and disappointments, as Boyne beckons readers to chase the development of an unbreakable friendship before hitting us with an ending that would penetrate even the hardest of hearts.
|The guards walkway between two parts of the camp.|
The barbed wire fences had an electric current running
through to keep the prison from attempting escape.
|Family photographs found in the suitcases of those who |
were killed. A memorial room contained walls covered
from top to bottom with the only memories left of
|The entrance gate and the train track which was built|
for the special purpose of bringing people from the cities
straight into the camp, either to the famous crossroads for a
selection process or right up to the gas chambers for
- All photographs by Annie Davies -