The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Factual error: At the end we see a soldier replacing the canister that the Zyklon B is kept in. However, he is not wearing an SS badge as all SS soldiers did. Zyklon B was only handled by members of the SS, as no other unit had authorisation to carry the sensitive stuff. (01:28:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Pavel picks up the tire from the outhouse, it is a thin tyre with vertical lines, when Bruno is swinging on the tyre a few shots later, it is a thick tyre with lines both vertical and horizontal.

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Factual error: At the end, When the Jews are in the gas chamber, Zyklon B is dropped in through a vent at the top. While this is correct and represents the method used by the SS, the results are not. In the film it is depicted that the victims are dead within minutes. While this is true to a degree, the actual effects took 15-20 minutes to actually kill. Yes some of the more infirm people will have died quickly but the entire chamber would not have died that quickly.

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Continuity mistake: When Bruno is playing in the courtyard, we see an officer with a dog stood in the centre of the gate. Camera cuts and he is now stood to the left of the gate. (00:19:30)

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Factual error: At the very start we see the Swastika flags hanging and they appear to be made of lightweight material. However, they were always made of heavier wool. (00:01:20)

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Factual error: The senior SS officer visiting the commandant (and later at the funeral) is wearing two oak leaves and a pip on his collar patches. This rank badge didn't exist. Two oak leaves (without a pip) were worn by an Oberf├╝hrer and three oak leaves with a pip by a Gruppenf├╝hrer.


Continuity mistake: When the children are shown the new home, the girl's face is one of joy. She's smiling a nice big smile that is hard to miss. In the next shot it is one of shock and has completely changed. (00:11:10)

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Bruno: Why do you wear pajamas all day?
Shmuel: The soldiers. They took all our clothes away.
Bruno: My dad's a soldier, but not the sort that takes people's clothes away.

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Trivia: In the scenes inside the camp, the boys were both meant to be barefoot. However the actor who played Bruno's parents vetoed it, and thus the boys were allowed to wear shoes.

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Answer: Yes. The Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp site was a huge area consisting of 3 separate camps, of which Camp II (Birkenau) was the biggest and had the commandant office and SS housing right next to it. The camp commander lived either close to camp II in the small town of Brzezinka or camp I, called the main camp. There were several houses and farms around the area and the town of Oswiecim in between all three camps. There were also several dozen subcamps.


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