How was the conflict in The Boy with the Striped Pajamas resolved?

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The main conflict throughout the novel involves the circumstances surrounding Bruno and Shmuel's friendship. Since Bruno is the son of a Nazi Commandant and Shmuel is a Jewish prisoner, their friendship is forbidden. Bruno and Shmuel are forced to meet in secret and talk between the fence that separates them. Despite the fact that they cannot play together and are forbidden from interacting, Bruno and Shmuel develop a strong friendship. Shmuel listens to Bruno, and Bruno brings Shmuel food each trip. Bruno eventually agrees to help Shmuel find his father and crawls underneath the fence. Unfortunately, the boys are forced to march with a group of Jewish prisoners to a gas chamber. Although the two boys die, the conflict is resolved because their friendship and loyalty transcend their terrible environment. At Auschwitz, the boys' friendship was forbidden, but in death, they are given the chance to be together for eternity. 

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