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What are the key facts about Bruno from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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The innocent and unsuspecting son of a Nazi officer, nine-year-old Bruno is a German boy who finds himself unexpectedly uprooted from a civilized and comfortable life in an upper-class section of Berlin where he has friends and grandparents. 

After arriving at Auschwitz, Bruno is surprised by the isolation of the place and the inferiority of their new house when compared to the one in Berlin. He finds it "the loneliest place in the world," and he cannot find anything “to laugh at and nothing to be happy about.” There are no other children with whom he can play; there is no park, no interesting buildings and no museums to visit. He does not like the young lieutenant who comes to his father's office.

After several weeks at what Bruno calls "Out-With," Bruno makes an effort to amuse himself since he has no friends. When he notices a tree with a sturdy lower branch, Bruno goes outside after locating rope in the basement. He approaches Lieutenant Kotler, who talks with Bruno's sister,...

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