Study Guide

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Chapter 12

By John Boyne

Chapter 12

Shmuel Thinks of an Answer to Bruno's Question

  • Back at the fence, Shmuel explains that he used to live with his parents and brother in a flat above a watch store, and that he had a beautiful watch from his dad but the soldiers took it.
  • One day they were forced to move to a different part of Cracow, and then the soldiers packed them into trains headed for Auschwitz. His mother was taken away.
  • Mum's the word? Bruno decides against telling his family about Shmuel, which seems like pretty sound thinking.