SPOILERS, Boy in Striped Pajamas
1- In chapter one, there is a boy named Bruno, we get introduced to his family and staff. He finds out he is moving from Berlin for his father’s job, he didn’t want to move. In chapter two, he arrives at the new house and thinks it is the loneliest place in the world. A serious soldier helps the family move in. He didn’t like the view from his window at his new house.
2- In chapter three, the children think they went to a place called “out-with”. I think they are mispronouncing Auschwitz. He talks about his sister and her friends and how they bully him. In chapter four, he looks out his window to find a concentration camp and thinks the kids aren’t friendly. He then shows his sister the camp and she asks “where are all the girls, mothers, and grandparents?” He doesn’t know the answer to that question.
3- In chapter five, Bruno is having a flashback to when they were leaving. He was misunderstanding the word Fuhrer (Hitler) thinking his mother was talking about the Fury instead. Seems like his mother is not on board with Hitler’s plans. His father is trying to make their new house normal and says, “Home is wherever the family is. In chapter six, Bruno hated the new house. The maid talks to Bruno about the past. Bruno said that the maid was part of the family and that if all of the family wanted to go back they should. The maid tells Bruno to keep his head down.
4- In chapter seven, Bruno didn’t want to become mad because he was so bored. Bruno then makes a tire swing. Bruno scraped his leg and bumped his head then the male maid helped him. Bruno’s mother tells the servant to not tell father what happened. In chapter eight, he has flashbacks to grandma’s performances. In the last play, they didn’t go well. Their grandma hates when the father wears his nazi uniform. Bruno also describes his experience in (Out-with) or Aushwitz.
5- In chapter nine, Bruno starts school with a private tutor but he is disappointed he is only learning history and geography. He misses art and literature and exploring his old house. In chapter ten, he got bored so he decided to go exploring outside because their house is small. He walks along the fence and meets a boy in the prison camp, his name is Shmuel. They talk about their lives and find out they are exactly the same age. Bruno is inquisitive about the boy and is envious that he has other kids to play with.
6- In chapter eleven, Bruno had a flashback to their house in Berlin, where the fury (Hitler) once came to their house and was rude to the children. After the fury left his house his parents argued and then soon after that they moved. In chapter twelve, Shmuel and Bruno continue the conversion of their lives, Bruno keeps thinking they have had similar experiences. Bruno then lifts the wire between them and suggests that he should come over and visit. Shmuel mainly wants to know if Bruno has food.
7- In chapter thirteen, Bruno has more questions regarding Pavel (Their Servant) because Pavel said he was a doctor. Bruno sneaks food to Shmuel to feed him. Bruno brings up the topic of soldiers and Shmuel tries to dismiss the matter quickly. The family has dinner later with LT. Kotler doesn’t go well-considering fathers prodding questions about Kotler’s father. Pavel then goes on to drop the bottle of wine on Kotler and Kotler then proceeds to attack Pavel while everyone watches in disarray. In chapter fourteen, Bruno asks if he can crawl under the fence to play, Bruno is questioning why Shmuel wants to leave his side of the fence so much. Bruno is annoyed by Gretel because it is raining. Bruno accidentally lets it slip that he meets Shmuel so he makes the excuse that he has an imaginary friend which Gretel laughs at.
8- In chapter fifteen, Shmuel got assigned to clean glasses at Bruno’s house. While there he was approached by Bruno. Bruno offered him chicken, Shmuel accepted then got in trouble with LT. Kotler because Bruno denied that he was Shmuels friend. Shmuel didn’t go to the meeting place for many weeks but when she did appear he had many bruises on his face but he said it didn’t hurt anymore. In chapter sixteen, Brunos grandmother dies. LT. Kolter got transferred some celebrated and some didn’t. Bruno asks about (Out-With) Gretel tells him that the fence keeps the Jews kept together but keeps them out. She also explains how the Jews and they are a lot different and how they are lesser beings, Bruno is confused by this answer which infuriates Gretel.
9- In chapter seventeen, the mother and the children are going back to Berlin after much discussion. Bruno is ok with either moving back to Berlin or staying in “Out-With”. His mother seems not to be doing well. In chapter eighteen, Bruno and Shmuel meet at the fence and Shmuel talks about how his dad disappeared and didn’t come back from work duty. Bruno offers to talk to his father but Shmuel declines because he hates guards. Bruno said to Shmuel that he was leaving in two days. Bruno comes up with a plan to come to the other side of the fence and wear striped pajamas and help Shmuel look for his father, even though he was probably shot by a guard.
10- In chapter nineteen, they carried out their plan. Bruno climbed under the fence and helped Shmuel look for his father when soldiers started telling them to get into a small room with no lights. Everyone was freaking out. I would have too. In chapter twenty, Bruno’s father went to the fence and saw that Bruno has climbed under it, he broke down in tears realizing what happened. The soldiers then took him away. My thoughts are, Bruno and Shmuel got sent to a gas chamber and died. Bruno’s father got punished for letting this happen to his son. The book is overall a good book, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in suspenseful books about World War 2 times.