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Pavel is an old man in the book/film. According to Maria, he was a doctor. But since he was a Jew, he was brought to Auschwitz camp and became a waiter for Bruno and his family. Pavel also helped around the house and helped prepare food. One day, Bruno fell off the swing he built and hurt his knee. Pavel helped him by putting a bandage on the wound. It is then he said that he practiced as a doctor until he came to the camp. Bruno and Pavel made a sort of friendship until Pavel was supposedly beaten to death by a Nazi officer, Lieutant Kotler, for accidentally spilling his drink.