Writer John Boyne in a new row on The Boy In The Striped Pajamas sequel

The Irish author who wrote The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was a box office success but sparked controversy over accusations of Nazi sympathy, quit Twitter after it was revealed he had written a suite.

John Boyne, 51, announced earlier this year that All The Broken Places, a sequel to his 2006 bestseller about a friendship between a Jewish boy, Shmuel, in a concentration camp and Bruno, the son of a SS officer, will be published. in September.

When The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was released and made into a film in 2008, some said the work could encourage sympathy for the Nazis, with one reviewer suggesting Boyne had set back ‘Holocaust education by decades’ .

In 2020, the Auschwitz Memorial condemned Boyne’s novel, writing, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas should be avoided by anyone who studies or teaches Holocaust history”.

Many cited the fact that the German family featured in the book had supposedly not heard of the Holocaust as impossible, saying that as the son of a high-ranking Nazi, Bruno would have been taught ” to hate the Jews”.

Three years ago, Dublin-based Boyne faced another backlash, when he was accused of ‘misrepresenting’ trans people in his book My Brother’s Name is Jessica.

This week, a bookshop worker in Ireland revealed he had ‘bundled’ copies of another of Boyne’s books, The Echo Chamber, in protest.

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John Boyne (pictured) who wrote the 2006 New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, later a movie, has revealed he quit Twitter after homophobic abuse In recent weeks he has faced a backlash over his announcement that a sequel to the novel will be released later this year.

The 2008 film adaptation of his bestseller sparked controversy, with some claiming the work, which documented a friendship between a Jewish boy in a concentration camp and the son of an SS officer, was pro-Nazi.

The 2008 film adaptation of his bestseller sparked controversy, with some claiming the work, which documented a friendship between a Jewish boy in a concentration camp and the son of an SS officer, was pro-Nazi.

In an article for the Irish Independentthe author said he quit Twitter due to homophobic abuse on the social media platform, saying he was glad his “account is permanently wiped from the internet, my followers lost forever, my blue check mark dissolved “.

The sequel to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas follows the life story of Gretel, Bruno’s older sister in later life as an old woman.

On Twitter, the protest accelerated after it was revealed that Boyne had left the platform.

@conorsmith said: ‘I work at a well-known bookshop in Dublin and have put away every copy of John Boyne’s book that we receive. My manager knows it but he can’t do anything to stop me because he knows I’m on Twitter and I’m going to make our side pile on him.

Fellow critic, @bethanyrutter, wrote: “I can’t imagine what a betrayal it is for him to not only – get away with it – with this massive (potentially inadvertently) disinformation campaign but to be rewarded with the publishing industry with the possibility of doing it again? How many people are complicit in this process?

In 2019 furious activists called for a boycott of Boyne’s book about a transgender boy, claiming he was not qualified to write about the subject because he was not transgender.

My Brother’s Name is Jessica focuses on Sam Waver whose older brother Jason explains is growing into a woman.

One reader wrote: ‘John is not trans so this is not his story to write. When it comes to transitioning, the trans person themselves must be centred. Not their siblings.

However, many defended Boyne’s right to create fiction. Author Eileen Wharton said at the time, “Writers use their imaginations. This is what we do ! I write from many different points of view and I may not have experienced the things I write about.

The writer said he was quitting the social media platform over homophobic abuse in an article this week for the Irish Independent

The writer said he was quitting the social media platform over homophobic abuse in an article this week for the Irish Independent

“I talk to people who have been through these things. I’m doing more research than John, I’m sure.

The author defended his decision to write a trans story, despite not being trans himself. He said, “Literature is always open to debate, but the discourse should remain polite and mutually respectful.”

The novel tells the story of Bruno, the nine-year-old son of a Nazi commandant at Auschwitz who befriends a Jewish boy named Shmuel through the camp fence.

Bruno is unaware of the atrocities taking place in the camp, and neither are his sister and mother.

At the end of the book, Bruno sneaks into the camp, but is herded with Shmuel into a gas chamber and killed.

Previous controversy: Boyne was criticized in 2019 after publishing My Brother's Name is Jessica, a novel centered on the brother of the transgender character

The cover of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which some believe encouraged Nazi sympathy

Previous controversy: Boyne came under fire in 2019 after publishing My Brother’s Name is Jessica, a novel centered on the transgender character’s brother. Right: The cover of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which some believe encouraged Nazi sympathy

An article for the Jewish community of parents Kveller last month pointed out the historical inaccuracies surrounding the book, including the fact that the novel claims that Bruno and his family had not heard of the Holocaust, when all Germans would have known about the war and the hatred of the Nazi Party towards the Jewish people.

As a German boy and the son of a high-ranking Nazi, Bruno would have been a legal member of the Hitler Youth and learned to hate the Jewish people.

The same article criticized the book’s tragic climax, writing, “We are left with the twisted moral that the accidental death of a single non-Jewish child is somehow a ‘reward’ for the deaths of millions of Jews.

And the online blog Learning about the Holocaust pointed out that the primary tragedy of the Holocaust is never fully addressed in the book, as it focuses on Bruno, his family, and their reaction to his tragic death.

In 2020, the Auschwitz Memorial condemned Boyne’s novel, writing, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas should be avoided by anyone who studies or teaches Holocaust history”.

However, a study by the UCL Center for Holocaust Education found that the book is used by 35% of British teachers as a means of introducing children to the history of the Holocaust.

The same study found that it was read more by students aged 12 to 18 than The Diary of Anne Frank by 59.1%.

To defend his book, Boyne mentioned in March 2022 that works of fiction cannot be factually incorrect.

Puffin books has been contacted for comment.