"You know, with a tyre and some rope on the branches of the tree."
Gretel is 12 years old
Gretel has "golden braids"
Gretel is smart
Gretel loves dolls until she becomes obsessed with maps
"Run me a bath Maria, will you?"
"He's very attached to his spare tyre... come over here you-"
Blonde, gelled hair
In Nazi uniform
Likes the mother O.o
Treats servants like trash
Has a Jewish appearance
Wears a white doctor's coat
Bruno is a 9 year old boy who is the main character. He is adventurous and wants to be an explorer, and also is the main character in the story. Eventually he goes out to the concentration camp to meet a boy. He does not understand why the “pyjama people” are locked away and why they can’t be invited to dinner.
"Before I came here, I practised as a doctor."
Dark hair, but not counted as a Jew because of parentage
Gretel is a 12 year old German girl who is Bruno’s sister, and has a painful crush on lieutenant Kotler. She has no idea what the camp is and doesn’t care. She has an insatiable love for dolls, and gets easily irritated. Gretel is severely loyal to her parents and acts like a sweetheart towards them and lieutenant Kotler, but not towards Bruno or any of the workers. She can be nasty.
Doesn't normally talk to his children
"Those people... well they're not people at all, Bruno."
Lieutenant Kotler is a 19 year old soldier who is close to Bruno’s father the commandant. Gretel has a crush on him and he is usually talking to her in the halls or on the driveway, or is talking to the commandant. He seems like a nice guy until you see how he addresses the servants. He calls them terrible things and even murdered Pavel. He gets even worse when he has an affair with Bruno's mom and is sent away.
Jewish-dark hair and dark eyes
Wears the striped pyjamas
Is very silent and keeps his head bowed
Pavel is a servant of an unknown age who serves as the chef and servant. He stays silent for most of the story until he helps Bruno when he cuts his knee, where we learn that Pavel used to be a doctor. We can then conclude that Pavel is a Jew fired from his job as a doctor. He is thought to possibly be a relative of Shmuel, but it isn’t confirmed.
Always has on a clean, brown Nazi uniform
Has a very loud voice
Bruno’s father, the commandant, isn’t a soft man. He is a hero to Bruno, but a terror to Jews. He is very high up in his ranks, judging by the fact that Hitler himself came to dinner before they went to Out-With. He also tends to make many rules, and is very mysterious when it comes to his work.
Shmuel is an innocent Jewish boy who doesn’t understand why he was brought to such a horrible place. He is 9 years old and has made friends with Bruno. He usually sits alone by the fence because the other boys around his age are nasty and don’t know how to be kind. He is sadly nearly starved and doesn’t have much to talk about.