The fantastically shocking final scene of the film left me sobbing and thinking about the horrors of the Shoah. Yet, the debates about the authenicity of it are justified. Especially the beginning seems very British - although set in Germany. Furthermore, Auschwitz seems strangely small in the film. There are now towers from which German soldiers supervise every inch of it. It is questionable whether or not it would have been possible for the two boys to make friends through the fence.
The film is carried by the incredible performances of two little boys. And between all the films that deal with the Holocaust, this one stands out.