Here are some well-known symbols. What do they represent?
How do we know what symbols are meant to represent? Where and how do we learn this? Why do people use symbols?
Bruno and Shmuel both have to wear armbands with different symbols. Why do you think the Jews were made to wear symbols? What symbols do you wear in your everyday life? How do they make you feel? Some of the different symbols that Jews had to wear in WW2
Activity: Design a symbol that you would wear on an armband to represent yourself. Why did you choose that design? What does it mean to you? Who else could wear it? Now design one for someone else, and put it on them. How does it feel to be labelled by someone else? How would you feel if you had to wear it all the time?
The fence is a very important part of the stage production of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. What do you think a fence symbolises?
When do you usually wear pyjamas? Why does Bruno think everyone in Out-With is wearing pyjamas? How do you think you would feel if you had to wear a uniform like this?