MEMORABLE CHARACTERS by Charmindi Ranasinghe
by Charmindi Ranasinghe
a cruel heartless soldier
had a very bad temper especially when it came to the Jews
savagely beat Pavel to death over spilt wine
Lieutenant Kotler grew very angry with Pavel and no one - not even Bruno, not Gretel, not Mother and not even Father stepped into to stop him doing what he did next, even though none of them could watch. pg 148
hid the fact that his own father disagreed with his beliefs and left the country because of it.
pg 146 and 147
He became friends with Shmuel even though their friendship was forbidden.
Became immensely sad with the idea of leaving Shmuel and travelling to Berlin.
Despite what everyone said about the Jews he still managed to become friends with Shmuel.
He felt ashamed of himself when he acted like he didn't know Shmuel.
'Tell me, Bruno! shouted Kotler , his face growing red. 'I won't ask you a third time.' 'I've never spoken to him,' said Bruno immediately.'I've never seen him in my life. I don't know him.' pg 172
Gretel was an example of how children can be easily influenced to do the wrong things
Was aware of what as happening and decided to support what was happening , unlike Bruno who unaware of the treatment towards the Jews.
"Gretel had decided she didn't like dolls anymore and had put them all into four large bags and thrown them away.In their place she had hung up maps of Europe that Father had given her,and everyday she put little pins into them and moved the pins around constantly after consulting the daily newspaper." pg 180
Had an unhealthy obsession with Lieutenant Kotler
belived what her son and the Germans were doing was wrong
refused to have any link towards the horrendous act that the soldiers had commited
was ashamed of his son
'Ashamed!' she called out before she left. 'That a son of mine should be-' ' A patriot,' cried father, who perhaps had nerver learned the rule about not interrupting your mother. 'A patriot indeed!' she cried out. 'The people you have to dinner in this house. 'Why, it makes me sick. And to see you in that uniform make me want to tear the eyes from my head!' pg 93
brainwashed people into believing that the Jews were bad people
The fury killed millions of jews in the concentration camp which became a well known historic event.
One of the innocent children caught up in the
forgave Bruno even when he betrayed him
'He remembered how kind Pavel had been to him on the afternoon he had made the swing, and how he had stopped his knee from bleeding and had been very gentle in the way he administered the green ointment." pg 149
Despite being terribly treated by the German's, he put aside his feelings aside to help Bruno when he hurt his knee.