What exactly was the difference? He wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?
Bruno seems to be very oblivious about the camp.
He is very spoiled and isn't very used to not living in a city.
Gretel looks like Bruno, blond hair and blue eyes.
Gretel is taller than Bruno.
I'm thirteen years old, for heaven's sake! I can't afford to act like a child even if you can.
Gretel is pretty immature for her age.
She gets annoyed at Bruno very easily.
We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that?
Shmuel is very skinny.
He wears striped pants, shirts, and caps.
Shmuel is mostly sad and lonely.
He misses his old home in Poland.
Bruno is the ten year old main character of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Throughout the story he develops a friendship with a boy on the other side of the fence named Shmuel.
Father is a tall, commanding man.
He always wears his uniform.
Father is friendly to the other soldiers.
He shows that he loves his by letting them go back to Berlin
Kotler is a 17-18 year old Nazi officer.
He seems to be very manipulative to Bruno's Mother.
Gretel is Bruno's older sister who at the beginning of the book is immature and has a large collection of dolls, but nearing the end of the story begins to become moreature and gets rid of her collection.
Kotler is impulsive and has a very short temper.
He is rude to Bruno and is pretty creepy.
Maria is a middle aged lady.
She used to be beautiful but age had scrubbed it away.
Shmuel is a extremely skinny Jewish boy on the other side of the fence. Shmuel serves as Bruno's only friend when he is at his new home. Shmuel used to live above a watch shop with his family before they all were shipped to Out-With.
Maria is soft spoken and quiet.
She is careful about disobeying father.
'Ah, those people,' said Father, nodding his head and smiling slightly. 'Those people...well, they're not people at all
Bruno's father is some sort of Nazi commanding officer at Out-With. He is strict but shows that he loves his family very much through the story by giving Bruno, his mother, and Gretel the option to return to Berlin after staying at Out-With for a year.
Kotler is a mean young officer at the camp who works closely with Bruno's father at the camp. He has a very short temper and at one point in the story kills one of the people who were working for Bruno's family.
Lieutenant Kotler grew very angry with Pavel and no one—not Bruno, not Gretel, not Mother and not even Father—stepped in to stop him doing what he did next, even though none of them could watch.
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.
Maria is a kind soft spoken maid for Bruno's family. Bruno is really the only one who likes Maria as a person rather than just a maid, and Gretel is extremely rude to her. Maria was taken in after her parents died by Bruno's father.