The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Kotler and Bruno

Why Kotler looking for similarities between him and Bruno? e.g "When Bruno explains that he wants the spare tire to make a rope swing,  Lieutenant Kotler says he remembers having a rope swing when he was a boy." 

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I don't think we can read too much into their relationship. I don't think Kotler really cares that much about Bruno. Perhaps Bruno makes Kotler think back to his old childhood before he was indoctrinated by the Nazis, Bruno might remind Kotler of his lost innocence.