The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | Study Guide

John Boyne

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Bruno Bruno is a nine-year-old German boy whose father is the commandant of a concentration camp. He is outgoing and adventurous. Read More
Shmuel Shmuel is a nine-year-old Jewish boy imprisoned at Auschwitz. Although Shmuel's father is missing near the end of the novel, Shmuel remains hopeful until Shmuel is killed. Read More
Father Ralf is Bruno's overbearing and unaffectionate father, the commandant of the Out-With (Auschwitz) prison camp. Read More
Gretel Gretel is Bruno's 12-year-old sister whose deep love for her brother is apparent at the end of the story. Read More
Mother Elisabeth (Elsa) is Bruno's loving yet distracted alcoholic mother who rails against her husband's duties at the camp. Read More
Lieutenant Kotler Lieutenant Kotler, whose first name is Kurt, is a bullying 19-year-old German officer at Auschwitz who may be the son of Jewish or anti-Hitler parents. Read More
Eva Eva, mostly referred to as the "blonde woman," represents Eva Braun (1912–45), Adolf Hitler's female companion. She is kind to Bruno and Gretel and does not appear to share the Fury's horrible personality.
Daniel Daniel is a friend of Bruno's in Berlin. Daniel is an off-page character who never appears in the story. His father is a teacher.
Fury The Fury (play on the word führer) is Adolf Hitler (1889–1945). The Fury is rather short with dark, close-cropped hair and a funny little mustache. He is the overbearing supreme leader of Germany.
Hilda Hilda is a friend of Gretel's in Berlin. Hilda is an off-page character who never appears in the story.
Isobel Isobel is a friend of Gretel's in Berlin. Isobel is an off-page character who never appears in the story.
Karl Karl is a friend of Bruno's in Berlin. Karl is an off-page character who never appears in the story. His father is a greengrocer, a vendor of fruits and vegetables.
Lars Lars is Bruno's family's butler.
Herr Liszt Herr Liszt is Bruno and Gretel's tutor. Liszt, according to Bruno, is an older gentleman who is nice but sometimes threatening.
Louise Louise is a friend of Gretel's in Berlin. Louise is an off-page character who never appears in the story.
Maria Maria is the family's maid. Maria has been with the family for about six years. She is appreciative of her job and is very friendly toward Bruno.
Martin Martin is a friend of Bruno's in Berlin. Martin is an off-page character who never appears in the story. His father is a chef.
Matthias Matthias is Ralf's (Bruno's father) father and Bruno's grandfather. Matthias is proud of his son Ralf and does not criticize him for his military duty. Bruno's parents consider him senile later in the story.
Nathalie Nathalie is Ralf's (Bruno's father) mother and Bruno's grandmother. Nathalie is creative and lively. She puts on family plays during the holidays, which Bruno misses after moving away from Berlin.
Pavel Pavel is an elderly Jewish prisoner and servant. He is a former doctor who is forced to serve as a waiter in the family's home at Auschwitz. He is very thin and often unstable on his feet because of mistreatment and malnourishment.
Franz Roller Franz Roller is an acquaintance of Bruno's family in Berlin. Franz Roller is an off-page character who never appears in the story. He is about the age of Bruno's father. He is the only person Bruno has ever known to be mentally ill.
Shmuel's father Called "Papa" by Shmuel, Shmuel's father is a watchmaker. When Shmuel's father disappears at Out-With (Auschwitz), Bruno volunteers to help Shmuel look for him, which leads to Bruno dying beside Shmuel in a gas chamber.
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