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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Chapter 10

By John Boyne

Chapter 10

The Dot That Became a Speck That Became a Blob That Became a Figure That Became a Boy

  • Bruno sees a boy on other side of the fence. He's sitting cross-legged on the ground, has grey looking skin, and wears striped pajamas and a Star of David arm patch.
  • It's time to schmooze. The boy's name is Shmuel and he has the same birthday as Bruno—April 15, 1934; he also tells Bruno he's from Poland.
  • Bruno doesn't know where Poland is, though… at which point, Shmuel informs him that they're in Poland. How does Bruno not know this?