The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the story of an innocent and ignorant boy whose father is the commandant of the concentration/death camp Auschwitz in Nazi-controlled Poland during World War II. Though the book is written in third person/omniscient point of view, the author has Bruno use his unknowing voice, calling Auschwitz “Out-with”, and the Fuhrer (Adolf Hilter) “the Fury”, to show his true misunderstanding of all that is actually happening around him.
Both boys were forced to move from their beloved homes:Bruno from his home in Berlin when his father got a new position in the Nazi regime as Commandant of Auschwitz;Shmuel from his home in Poland when he was taken as a prisoner of war and put in a concentration camp.
Bruno lives in relative opulence, with maids and servants.Shmuel lives in an overrun, filthy barrack overseen by cruel and vicious guards.
Both boys were born on April 15th, 1934, to loving parents.
Bruno was born in Nazi-ruled Germany to parents on the "right" side of Hitler's regime.Shmuel was born in Poland to Jewish parents.