The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006 novel from the point of view of a naïve young boy, written by Irish novelist John Boyne.
Shmuel and Bruno
Bruno is a eight-year-old boy growing up during World War II in Berlin with his family,his parents, his sister Gretel and maid servants called Maria and Lars. His father is a high-ranking SS officer who is promoted to 'Commandant', and to Bruno's dismay the family has to move away to a place called Out-With (which turns out to be Auschwitz). However, one day while Bruno is looking out of his window he notices a group of people all wearing the same striped pyjamas and striped hats or bald heads. His father tells him that these people are not real people at all. They are Jews.There is also a soldier called Lieutenant Kurt Kotler who is violent in his ways. Bruno finds out he is not allowed to explore the back of the house or its surroundings his father is very stern in forbidding him to do so but he decides to explorer. He spots a boy on the other side of the fence.The Jewish boy's name is Shmuel. He was taken from his family and his father came with him. Almost every day, they meet at the same spot. Soon, they become best friends. Bruno's Mother persuades his Father to take them back to Berlin, while Father stays at Out-with.
As a final adventure, he agrees to dress in a set of striped pyjamas and goes in under the fence to help Shmuel find his father, who went missing in the camp. The boys are unable to find him. Then the boys are mixed up in a group of people going on a march. However, they are soon crowded into a gas chamber, which Bruno assumes is a place to keep them dry from the rain until it stops but it isn't true. A year afterwards, his father returns to the spot that the soldiers found Bruno's clothes. His father eventually pieces together that they gassed Bruno to death. Several months later, the Red Army arrives to liberate the camp and orders Bruno's father to go with them. He goes without complaint, because "he didn't really mind what they did to him any more"