Bruno is only 9 years old and very observant. Although he is short, he's very adventurous.
"It's so unfair. I don't see why I have to be stuck over here on this side of the fence where there's no one to talk to and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are playing for hours every day. I'll have to speak to Father about this."
Gretel is only 12 years old and has an obsession for dolls. In Bruno's words, she's a Hopeless Case.
"I'm thirteen years old for heaven's sake! I can't afford to act like a child even if you can."
"A home is not a building or a street or a city or something so artifical as bricks and mortar. A home is where one's family is."
Father is the commandant for the army of Germany. He is in charge of the concentration camp.
Bruno is nine years of age and very curious. The role he plays is that he meets a friend on the other side of the fence named Shmuel who he doesn’t want to tell anyone else about. He accidently told his sister that he would rather be hanging with his friend Shmuel if it wasn’t for the rain. He played it off by saying that Shmuel was an “imaginary friend”.
"Some people make all the decisions for us."
Gretel is 12 years old. She loves dolls. The role she plays is that she is, as Bruno says, the “Hopeless Case”. She is all sassy to Bruno because she thinks that since she’s older, she’s the boss of him. She adores Lieutenant Kotler until he supposedly killed Pavel.
Father is the commandant of the German Army. The way he moved up was that The Fury came to dinner at their house and decided to rank him up. He’s pretty much in charge of Out-With. The role he plays is that he shelters the children of what he does for a living.
"Bruno, if you have any sense at all, you will stay quiet and concentrate on your schoolwork and do whatever your father tells you. We must all just keep ourselves safe until this is all over. That's what I intend to do anyways. What more can we do after all? It's not up to us to change things."
Mother plays a part in sheltering the kids from real life. Her medicinal sherrie is wine.
Mother helps Father shelter the kids from the real world. Mother loved Lieutenant Kotler and supposedly had an affair with him. Once he left, she started having her Medicinal Sherries more and more often which included wine.
Schmuel is a Jew. He meets Bruno and becomes the best of friends with him.
Shmuel is a young Jew living in Out-With. He meets Bruno and finds out they have many similarities. This includes same birthday and same age. Bruno is Shmuel’s best friend for life.
"There aren't any good soldiers."
Maria is the family’s maid. She plays an important role because she convinces Bruno that Father isn’t a bad person. He gave her a job and payed for her mother’s funeral. Bruno listens to Maria. She also convinces him that the new house isn’t as bad as it seems.
Maria is the family's maid. She convinces Bruno that Father isn't a bad person.