Physical- Short, Young Emotional- Likes to Explore, Curious
The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you've found is worth finding.
Physical- 13, Long Hair Emotional- Angry, Sarcastic
I'm thirteen years old for heaven's sake! I can't afford to act like a child even if you can.
You, finish cleaning the glasses. When I come back, we'll have a little chat about what happens to rats who steal.
Physical- Hardworking, Young Emotional- Grumpy, Rude
Bruno is a ten year old German boy. His father is valued by Hitler and this causes Bruno's family to move to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which makes Bruno unhappy. There, Bruno makes friends with one of the prisoners. In the end he and his prisoner-friend are killed in a gas chamber.
THE COMMANDANT (FATHER)
Physical- Weak, Tired Emotional- Smart, Sad
Gretel is Bruno's sister who is called "The Hopeless Case" by her brother. In the beginning of the book she is twelve, but by the end she is thirteen. She and her brother are always fighting. By the end of the book, she has matured from having a collection of dolls to studying maps and being sarcastic (which is apparently sophisticated).
Physical- Small, Exhausted Emotional- Sad, Lonely
Kotler is a soldier working for the Commandant (Bruno's Father). He is "nice" to the kids, but has a strong distaste for the Jews at Auschwitz. He is only a few years older than Gretel, who is in love with him, but he has an affair with Gretel and Bruno's mother.
Physical- Tall, Serious Emotional- High Ranking, Strict
Bruno's father is the Commandant at Auschwitz death camp. He is highly valued by Hitler who "has things in mind for him". He and Mother disagree over his job. Bruno's mother thinks that the camp is no place to raise children, and she is correct. Father thinks that they shouldn't move back to Berlin.
Those people... well, they're not people at all, Bruno.
Pavel is one of the prisoners at Auschwitz. He is older than most of the other characters. He wanted to be a doctor, but after he was captured, he was forced to be the waiter for the family at Auschwitz. After Bruno hurts his knee, he fixes the wound. He is later killed by Kotler, who was trying to prove himself to the Commandant.
I think I've always been here.
Shmuel is Bruno's friend from the concentration camp of Auschwitz. he is exactly the same age as Bruno because they share a birthday. He was captured by the Nazi SS men in Poland and was stuffed on a train car to be brought to Auschwitz. He asked Bruno to help him search for his father. This is what the boys were doing before they were rounded up to be put in the gas chamber.
Welcome to a new life At Auschwitz! Remember, work sets you free!