16 of the Best Period Films You Can Stream on Netflix

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The Boy in The Striped Pajamas

the boy in the striped pajamas

BBC Films

This may be one of the most humanist films about the Holocaust and World War II. Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and Schmuel (Jack Scanlon) become unlikely friends in the throes of WWII. Bruno is a privileged child whose property overlooks a concentration camp. Schmuel is one of the children stuck working in the camp along with his father. Neither realizes the reality of Schmuel’s situation but their friendship blossoms nonetheless. It’s a stark reminder that in the darkest depths of the tragedy that was the Holocaust there were innocent children, frightened bystanders, and those who just didn’t comprehend what was happening. World War II films are a dime a dozen but ones that tackle the smaller, more human parts of the era are rare.

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