In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, how many children live in the hut with Shmuel?

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In Chapter 12, Shmuel tells Bruno about his experience leaving his home in Poland. Shmuel explains to Bruno that the first hut his family was forced to stay in was only one room. He goes on to tell Bruno that he lived there with his mother, father, brother, as well as another family that had "sons." Shmuel then tells Bruno that one of the sons was named Luka, and he used to beat him up. Bruno shakes his head to contradict Shmuel because he doesn't believe that two families could live in one hut, but Shmuel insists that he is being honest. Shmuel then says that there were eleven people living in the hut together. Using this information one can figure out that Shmuel was living with six other children in one hut before they were sent away to live in Auschwitz. Shmuel does not give any information regarding how many children he lives with in Auschwitz, but the reader does learn that Shmuel's mother was taken away from them. Shmuel currently lives with his brother, Josef, and his Papa in a hut at Auschwitz.

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