In the novel, The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, would you please explain Father's character in detail?

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Father, the character in the story The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a true believer in the Nazi ideology.  He is proud of his promotion to Commandant, proud to move to Auschwitz, and willing be the evil Nazi who sends people to their deaths.  Father is proud to play host to Hitler and Eva at a dinner party and tries to make his best impression on his guests.  Father really is representative of the Nazis who followed Hitler's orders in the belief that the Nazis were right.  When his son Bruno disappears and is not found even in the return to Berlin, Father returns to where Bruno's clothes were found, finds the hole in the fence, and pieces together that Bruno was gassed just as he had gassed all of the Jews sent to the gas chambers.  Only then does Father really understand the horror of what he has done through the death of his only son. When the Russian army arrives and makes him go with them, he "didn't really mind what they did to him anymore."

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