“The Fury” is Bruno’s mispronunciation of “the Führer,” a word that means “leader” in German, but has now become forever linked to the rule of Adolf Hitler. Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party, the dictator of Germany during World II, and the orchestrator of the Holocaust, in which millions of Jews, Romani people, homosexuals, and other minorities were killed. Bruno repeats the title “the Fury” whenever he means Hitler, since he only hears Hitler referred to reverently as “the Führer” in his Nazi-supporting household. Since Bruno’s family must move to Auschwitz soon after the Fury comes to dinner, Bruno comes to associate him with uprooting their way of life. Shmuel, too, associates “the Fury” with uprooting his family’s way of life—but in his case, he and other Jews and minorities were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into death camps. Thus the Fury—a tide of fear and anger, embodied by the genocidal rule of Hitler—comes to symbolize an unshakeable and incomprehensible force that changes things for the worse.
The Fury Quotes in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
“There aren’t any good soldiers,” said Shmuel.
“Of course there are,” said Bruno.
“Well, Father, for one,” said Bruno. “That’s why he has such an impressive uniform and why everyone calls him Commandant and does whatever he says. The Fury has big things in mind for him because he’s such a good soldier.”
“There aren’t any good soldiers,” repeated Shmuel.
“Except Father,” repeated Bruno, who was hoping that Shmuel wouldn’t say that again because he didn’t want to have to argue with him. After all, he was the only friend he had here at Out-With. But Father was Father, and Bruno didn’t think it was right for someone to say something bad about him.