When Bruno see's his new house he is in awe but still wants to go back to his old house, he misses his friends. Bruno is a blonde haired boy and he is nine. He is short and always gets bullied.
Bruno went into Gretel's room to ask him why they had moved to such a horrible place, she told him why then he asked her another question but he fell to tears saying why can't they go back home, why did he have to leave his friends. Gretel is has blonde hair also and she is tall, thirteen and has a major crush on Lieutenant Kotler.
Bruno is showing Gretel what he saw outside the window. Gretel was so scared she took her doll with her and prayed that it wasn't scary then when she looked out she was astonished. This leads to the characters in the camp.
Lieutenant Kotler is one of the soldiers. He is also in charge of keeping the Jews inside the camp and makes sure they would not escape. He is second in command for the Commandant. He also gets to be invited for dinner in Bruno's family. The family likes him but not Bruno.
The Commandant is in charge of the whole camp and gets to boss everyone around. His office, according to Bruno, is out of bounds at all times and no exceptions. He is the man in the house and doesn't like Lieutenant Kotler. He is Bruno's dad and Gretel's too. You would not want to mess with him.
Shmuel is one of the Jews locked up in the camp. Lieutenant Kotler is always beating him up is it very sad. Until he became friends with Bruno he has been very happy ever since.