A Jewish (犹太人) waiter named Guido falls in love with a beautiful girl. They get married (结婚) and have a son. However, they end up being taken to a concentration camp (集中营). To protect (保护) his son, Guido tries to tell his son that it is all just a game. He tells his son that whoever lives to the end of the game can win a tank (坦克). Even as Guido is about to be put to death (死亡), he still tries to tell his son that this is part of the game. His son believes (相信) what he says and in the end he sees a tank for real.