The cry of anguish at the end is for all the victims
If you've seen this film, then you know what happens at the end. If you know anything about the Holocaust then you know what happens at the end. So...this film is a beautiful requiem for everyone who died at the hands of the Nazis. I love that the film fades to black at the scene of the door to the gas chamber. I've read many reviews where people think this film is about feeling sorry for the "little German boy" in the striped pajamas. I think the cries of anguish represent the cries of every family of every victim. Why should we cry more over a little German boy than a little Jewish boy? Why should we cry over children more than anyone else in the gas chamber? At one point, everyone who died was 8 years old. Rather than pick this movie apart, I think those who watch should sit in silence for all the victims of genocide wherever they may be. The sight of Schmul and Bruno holding hands was endearing - facing whatever was to come together and not alone. This is a jarring and thought-provoking movie that all adults (and older teens) should see -- with some knowledge of the real Holocaust. Even Schindler's List didn't show the Nazis banging babies' heads against the wall or the ground or actually throwing them alive into the fires. Yes, this happened as well. And, like Bruno's mother's, our cries of anguish should wash over our souls for every victim.