I am in a bit of a quandary with a plot point of my story at the minute. I am writing a fictional memoir, my MC is living in the Czech Republic and lost his family in tragic circumstances, that much I am certain I wanted to include. As it is being written as though it is a true story, I wanted to include a real event as the reason for his bereavement, however this is where I get a bit unsure on what direction to take it in. My first thought was that he could have lived in a Czech village during WW2 as a number of villages were decimated and burnt to the ground. I know I want him to return to his home to witness some sort devastation and finality, as in his family couldn't have just moved away or anything, so to set it here seems the easiest option. The only thing is, I feel a bit exploitative using real atrocities like this to drive my story, I know it's been done before for example in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, but something about it doesn't sit well with me. Am I being overly sensitive about this or is it a bit of a tricky issue?