TBISP Diary Entries BY Oskar

Dear, Journal

This is Bruno, I recall that you were a going away present from my three best friends, Martin, Daniel, and Karl. I recently moved away from my amazing house in Berlin, to this ugly house in Out with, I decided to write in you because there is nothing to do in Out with. Anyways this is how the whole moving to Out with went, one day I came home from school to find that Maria our house maid was going through my things even the ones at the back of my closet that was no body's business, I asked her what she was doing and she replied " I am packing your things." When I went to seek mother, I found out we were moving far away from Berlin for the foreseeable future. I had to say good my best friends even though we had plans. I miss my old house it a banister to slide down, 5 floors, it was near fruit carts and markets, other houses were next to it, there was kids playing on the street, and lots of exploring in the house. However this house only has three floors, no banister to slide down, no amazing rooftop, not markets, no one to play with, and no Karl, Martin, and Daniel.

Dear, Journal

Each day I grow with boredom and start to hate this house even more, I hate my stupid room, I hate the cracks in the ceiling, I HATE IT, HATE IT. I wish I go back to Berlin. I tried to convince Father about going back to Berlin, when he was in his study ( which was Out Of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions) and after all the soldiers in his room left and I haven't seen him for a long time, I decided to go in. When I knocked on the door, he replied in a loud booming voice, " Enter" he said sounding like a King. When I enter the room, it had high ceilings, while the rest of the house was gloomy and couldn't possibly have any exploration, but this room was something else. This room had a carpet that was like quick sand, I was convinced that I was going to sink in it if I stood on it, there was book shelves, large windows, an oak desk. When I saw father and when he saw me, he grew a wide smile and came to me and shook my hand solidly, ( He was huger) After wards he asked question like "Did you get here safely?" and " Were you a help to your mother and sister." Anyways I asked can we go home to Berlin, but he didn't give me the answer I wanted, his reply was how, where your family is, that is home, we went back and forth until I blurted out "I don't want to accept it" Then father became angry with me.

Dear, Journal

I have become so bored, that I decided to do something about or else I'll turn into that crazy man who invites cats too tea back in Berlin. So after thought I decided to build a tire swing, the rope was easy to find, but the tire, was a different story. There no tires around but at least there were soldier's cars outside. When I went outside I ran into Gretel, next to lieutenant Kolter, laughing at everything he said (which proves she is a hopeless case) how ever he wasn't in his uniform and he looked really young, more than I imagine. Anyways when I asked if there were any tires around, and this how it went, he acted all smart saying how he use to do build trying swings, then treated me like I was some little kid, confusing me. Finally after Gretel and Kolter insulting me, Kolter called Pavel over to help me find a tire, and he was saying words that I was not allowed to say , and treating Pavel with disrespect by spitting at him. I was really embarrassed to be part of that.

Dear, Journal

Recently I have built a tire swing as a source of entertainment, but there was an accident, you see I swung too high then I fell off scraped my self really bad, then the tire hit me on the head. When I woke up I found how badly my hands and legs were scraped. fortunately Pavel was around to help tend my wounds(I think. He told me how used to be a practiced doctor, but I don't think He was a very good doctor, but before he could answer mother came in Pavel went back to peeling potatoes. Mother sent me up to my room even though Pavel and I told her it wasn't a bad injury. But when up to my room, I heard that my mom was going to take credit for treating my injuries, but why?

Dear, Journal

After my tire swing broke I decided to go exploring, were that bronze plate was, after a little pass an hour ( which felt like 2 hours) I started to feel hungry, but when I saw a dot that turn into a blob, into a figure, into a person I went up to him, we was wearing striped pajamas, his skin was grey, he was skinny, he had big sad eyes and looked up to me. He told me his name was Shmeul, he was from Poland and he shared the same birthday as me, he told me he that his family owned a watch shop, they would eat meals together everyday. Also the crazy thing is how we also force to move somewhere he didn't want to, I told about him my life in Berlin, he told me how there is hundreds of other boys on the other side, I wish I was on that side to play.

Dear Diary

This is Shmeul, you were given to me by papa, as a gift. You are the only thing to remind me of home, besides of memories. Even though the soldiers took every thing we owned I manage to hide you, by digging a hole covering up and I came back and found you. Today I met this boy named Bruno, He told me how he used to live in Berlin, he is from Germany. He had three best friends for life back in Berlin. I also found out that we were both forced away from our home and our life, we also shared the same birthday. Although he lives in a three floored building, while I have to do labor, face terrible and unfair punishments. I don't think Bruno understands that this side of the fence is terrible, he says it must be to have other people to play with, but I told him how the boys on this side fight all the time.

Dear Diary

Today Bruno came back, I really hope this friendship turns out well, so that it gives me hope, more positive things to do, besides labor, fighting and facing punishments. Today I told Bruno about How we ended up here, we first lived a happy life in Poland I went to school, ate meals with my family, Papa owned a watch shop where he makes, mends and fixes watches, he made a beautiful watch and gave me you the diary. Anyways I told Bruno about how I lived in a room with 11 other people, one half was my family and the other half was a mother and father who fought all the time, and a boy named Lucas who would beat me up all the time, then we were put onto a truck with other people, but mama was separated from us , then we were but on a train with no doors, ( Bruno didn't Believe me) it was packed full of people, and Bruno told me the train he rode here was empty and had doors. I am sometimes afraid that I will get caught talking to Bruno or writing in my Journal. Bruno says he hates his house and so do I, we both wish we could back to our homes.

Dear Journal

Tonight is my Father's birthday party, even though he didn't want to make a big fuss about it, mother threw together a birthday party for him with Kolter. She invited soldiers to dinner, after preparing for the party and there was an hour left I decided to go read my new book father gave called treasure island, but I ran into Kolter along the way, he took my book and snatched away from me, after a couple tries I finally grabbed my book back away from him, then mother made me go into the kitchen, because she needed to talk to Kolter. When I went into the kitchen, guess who I saw, Shmuel, I asked him what he was doing here, he said he was suppose to polish the cups. After that I went into the fridge to grab some thing to eat, but when I turned around I saw Shmuel looking peckish and sad, so I offered him some but he refused, finally after a little fight he took it and gobbled it up, then Kolter came in. Kolter noticed that we were talking, then it happened, when Kolter asked Shmuel if he knew me he said yes. Kolter looked at me and said do I know Shmuel, I didn't what to say, until I blurted out no. I was worried he was going to get punished.

Dear Diary

Today I was asked by lieutenant Kolter to polish cups at a house near out with, because I had tiny hands. When I went to the house I knew it was Bruno's house because when we first meant Bruno told me where he lived. When I saw Bruno I was relieved but also scared that talking to him would get me punished. Later Bruno went to eat something from his fridge, when he looked at me he decided to offer me some, I tried to refuse but my hunger got the best of me, later Kolter came in and caught us talking, he then asked me if I knew Bruno and I replied yes, but Bruno had a different answer, when kolter asked Bruno the same thing bruno said no. Insistently I knew that I was going to be punished, and I would be beaten.

Dear Diary

Dear, Diary Today I was just punished because of Bruno, if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t scars and bruises on face, I wouldn’t have to face the pain and the hard labor they gave me, I could’ve ended up like some of the boys who made the soldiers mad or unhappy, although Bruno did give me food, which helps but, sometimes I don;t understand why we have to eat so little and why we have to be punished, what did we ever do to the Soldiers to be put int this miserable place. I guess I am just afraid I might’ve up dead or have my journal stolen. Unfortunately because of Bruno's action I can not go to the normal area, because the Soldiers are keeping an eye on me, it will take about a week worth of labor and hunger, I hope Bruno brings some cheese, and bread next time we meet, or maybe some roast beef. I still miss home so much, I wish I could go back.

Dear Diary

Today I managed to sneak off and meet with Bruno again, fortunately he came today, he apologized for how he lied to Kolter and getting me into trouble, he also apologized for how wasn’t really thinking about my previous life or how I actually feel about the other side. I told him I forgave him and reached under the fence to shake his hand, I could tell that he was surprised, but I also told him how my Grandfather went missing and if I asked my father what happened to him, father would cry and hug me really tight, I am starting to worry about my family, I wonder how mama is doing, I hope she is alright, I also hope that Grandfather will comeback or come see me after the war, maybe he found a way to escape and is waiting for us after the war or is trying to get us out of the fence.

Dear Diary

Yesterday, I met up with Bruno, except we both had terrible news, Bruno was going back to Berlin, and my father was lost. I don’t how it happened, but all I know that I miss him and that he sent to do a job, which was train ride away but him or the rest of the men didn’t come back. Then Bruno suggested that he would help me find papa or the truth to what happened to him. We made our plan for today. Now Bruno is changing into these “Stripe Pajamas” he was also bald (because he had lice in his hair) which would make this adventure easier. Right now I am a little bit worry, if we get caught looking around or that they would discovered that Bruno isn’t a Jew. But I am glad he is helping me, if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t have chance of finding my father, OK Bruno is ready, I have to go now, when I come back I will tell you everything that happened on our adventure.

My Perspective

In the Novel The Boy In Striped Pyjamas, there were two characters Bruno, and Shmuel. The differences between the two boys are Bruno is a German boy, who's father is a Nazi commandant. Shmuel is a Polish boy who is also a Jew, he was stuck on the other side of the fence in the concentration camps while Bruno was living in a house that has three floors. On Bruno's side of the fence, doesn't have any boys or children to play with, but on Shmuel's side there are hundreds of little boys. Bruno is more naive, than Shmuel, Shmuel has more experience than Bruno and is smarter than Bruno. Shmuel is skinnier than Bruno, because Shmuel was starving. Although the similarities they share are, they were born on the same day, month, year, they were both forced to move out of their house and their life was changed. They both hate it at Out-With and want to go back to their home.

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