"It's horrible right now. But once the house is smartened up a bit it probably won't seem so bad."
Gretel is three years older than Bruno, She is a teenager
Maria is poor, She is very quiet
"So don't you ever call your father stupid, Bruno."
Maria looks up to Father, She is kind
Bruno is a curious nine year old boy who is forced to move to a concentration camp, along with his family. He doesn't know it's a concentration camp or even what one is though, and meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel on the other side of the fence. They soon become friends and he decides to go inside the fence to help Shmuel look for his father. In the end, he is killed in a gas chamber.
"The only spare tyre I have seen around here recently belongs to sergeant Hoffschnieder, and he carries it around his waist."
Gretel is Bruno's older sister by three years and is obsessed with dolls. She hate the new house just as much as Bruno does but decides it will be nicer when they tidy it up a bit. She often talks to Bruno about why they moved and what is on the other side of the fence.
“Just because a man glances up at the sky at night does not make him an astronomer, you know.”
Pavel is old, He is a Jew
Maria is the families maid. She also talks to Bruno often about Father and Pavel but doesn't tell him much about Auschwitz. Her Mother worked for Bruno's grandmother so father helps her with medical and funeral expenses and lets her work as their maid. Whenever people are around she bows her head down and keeps quiet.
"You said hello in German. So I answered in German."
Shmuel is very thin, He is weak
Lieutenant Kotler is a young Nazi that is very harsh to others and makes fun of others. He believes in the Nazi cause but has a father that disagrees with Hitlers views. He kills Pavel in order to show Father that he agrees with them but is still shipped off later.
Kotler is young, He is strong
Kotler is very rude, He is harsh
Pavel is a Jewish waiter that works for the family. He helps Bruno when he falls off of his tire swing and cuts his knee. Pavel wanted to be a doctor but couldn't become one because he was a Jew. He gets shot when he accidentally spilled wine on Lieutenant Kotler.
Pavel is kind, He is practiced as a doctor
Shmuel is a nine year old Jewish boy that becomes friends with Bruno while he is exploring along the fence. He is bilingual and dies when he is forced to march into a gas chamber. When he is killed, he is holding Bruno's hand. Neither of them know that they will die at that moment.