"...the fence isn't there to stop us from going over there. it's to stop them from coming over here.... Because they have to be kept together....with their own kind....with the other Jews, Bruno."
“Ah, those people,” said Father, nodding his head and smiling slightly. “Those people…well, they’re not people at all, Bruno.”
Bruno is a curious 11 year old child who wishes we was taller and wants to be an explorer when he is older bruno is very sad he had to leave his house and best friends for life Daniel martin and Karl. All of brunos friends are taller than bruno because he is short
“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 anyway. What more can we do than that after all? It’s not up to us to change things.”
Gretel is 12 almost 13 and loves flirting and bulling her younger brother Gretel friends also love bulling Bruno and Gretel loves playing with her large collection of dolls
."only the victims and survivors can truly comprehend the awfulness of that time and place; the rest of us live on the other side of the fence, staring through from our own comfortable place, trying in our own clumsy ways to make sense of it all.”
"Just because a man glances up at the sky at night does not make him an astronomer, you know.”
Father is a serious man who isn't the type to hug but more of a firm handshake kind of man. father takes great pride in his work as commandant and leader of out-with. He isn't very interested in his families feeling about the new house and does whats best for his job not caring about his families misery and having to leave friends behind fathers age is unknown but i assume 40-50
Maria is the house keeper/maid for bruno's family and has been working for them for longer than bruno can remember. Bruno values her as family when gretel sees her as a maid to do stuff for them. Maria was poor and hungry but then father took her in and gave her a job and she looks up to and how hes a great man marias age goes unknown as i couldn't find it anywhere.
Shmuel is an eleven year old boy for poland who knows polish and german and will have his mother that is a teacher teach him english one day. Shmuel is a very skinny boy because he doesn't have enough to eat inside the camp shmuel has the dame birthday as bruno which gives them a bond when bruno and him first met. shmuel wants to get out of the camp because hes afraid of lutenist kotler.
lieutenant Kotler is a very !9 year old who yells at the jews inside the fence shot a dog when it barked to loud killed pavel for spilling wine calls bruno little man and uses curse words when yelling at the jews. He is a strong blond muscular 19 year old german who works around the camp and likes tormenting the jews. Shmuel is terrified of him and Gretel loves him to death.