The characters in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas include Bruno, Shmuel, Bruno"s sister Gretel, and their parents. There is also a servant named Pavel, a Nazi guard named Lieutenant Kotler, and a tutor named Herr Lizst.

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The two main characters in this poignant story are Bruno and Shmuel. Bruno is the son of a Nazi commandant who moves with his family onto a property sharing a border with Auschwitz. Bruno loved the life he lived with his family in Berlin and struggles to adjust to...


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The two main characters in this poignant story are Bruno and Shmuel. Bruno is the son of a Nazi commandant who moves with his family onto a property sharing a border with Auschwitz. Bruno loved the life he lived with his family in Berlin and struggles to adjust to the idea of moving. He is not impressed with Nazi ideology, and although his character is initially weak, he proves himself to be kind and compassionate, sacrificing his own life rather than letting his friend die alone.

Shmuel is a Polish Jewish boy and a prisoner in Auschwitz who makes friends with Bruno when the two encounter each other on their respective sides of the fence. Shmuel, like Bruno, displays a certain innocence and does not fully understand the Nazi machinations that have resulted in his imprisonment.

Other characters we meet include Bruno"s sister Gretel, who is an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazi ideology and everything that Adolf Hitler and her father are working towards. In a practical demonstration of her love for the Nazi party, Gretel gives up her prized collection of dolls in exchange for Nazi propaganda literature and posters.

Bruno"s father is a high-ranking Nazi official and is very proud of his role. Bruno"s mother seems to have little understanding of what is going on around her.

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Other characters include Pavel, a Jewish servant who works in Bruno"s home and used to be a doctor. Lieutenant Kotler is a Nazi guard whom Gretel enjoys flirting with. Herr Lizst is the tutor hired to teach Bruno and Gretel all about Nazi ideology.