The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006  Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. Unlike the months of planning Boyne devoted to his other books, he said that he wrote the entire first draft of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in two and a half days, barely sleeping until he got to the end.  As of March 2010, the novel had sold more than five million copies around the world.  In both 2007 and 2008, it was the best selling book of the year in Spain , and it has also reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list,  as well as in the UK, Ireland, and Australia. [ not verified in body ] The book was adapted in 2008 as a film of the same name.
Bruno is a nine-year-old boy growing up during World War II in Berlin. He lives with his parents, his 12-year-old sister Gretel and maids, one of whom is called Maria. After a visit by Adolf Hitler , Bruno's father is promoted to Commandant , and the family has to move to 'Out-With' because of the orders of "The Fury" (Bruno's naïve interpretation of the word ' Führer '). Bruno is initially upset about moving to Out-With (never identified, but cf. Auschwitz  ) and leaving his friends, Daniel, Karl, and Martin. From the house at Out-With, Bruno sees a camp. One day, Bruno decides to explore the strange wire fence. As he walks along the fence, he meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel, who he learns shares his birthday. Shmuel says that his father, grandfather, and brother are with him on this side of the fence, but he is separated from his mother. Bruno and Shmuel talk and become very good friends, although Bruno still does not understand very much about Shmuel and his side of the fence. Nearly every day, unless it's raining Bruno goes to see Shmuel and sneaks him food. As the meetings go on, and Shmuel gets more and more skinny, Bruno's naïveté means he never realizes he is living beside a death camp.