This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in The Man With the Iron Heart. These characters play at best a peripheral role in the novel. Most were simply mentioned or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role that impacted the plot minimally, if at all, and never appeared again. Some were not even given a name.

Irving Sheldon AaronsonEdit

Irving Sheldon Aaronson (d. 1945/6) was one of the American servicemen, killed by the German Freedom Front, whose names were read out by Sven Holmquist in Loring Park in Summer 1946.[1]

Hovan AbelianEdit

Hovan Abelian (d. 1945/6) was one of the American servicemen, killed by the German Freedom Front, whose names were read out by Sven Holmquist in Loring Park in Summer 1946.[2]

Creighton AbramsEdit

Creighton Abrams (d. 1945/6) was one of the American servicemen, killed by the German Freedom Front, whose names were read out by Sven Holmquist in Loring Park in Summer 1946.[3]

Manuel José AcevedoEdit

Manuel José Acevedo (d. 1945/6) was one of the American servicemen, killed by the German Freedom Front, whose names were read out by Sven Holmquist in Loring Park in Summer 1946.[4]

Boris AntipovEdit

Major General Boris Antipov was a member of the Soviet Red Army. In the aftermath of World War II, Antipov was a divisional commander in the German city of Dresden.

A German Freedom Front Werewolf named Gustav Fenstermacher attempted to blow himself and several Soviet soldiers up in the fall of 1945. For unclear reasons, his bomb didn't go off, and he was taken captive. Antipov informed the NKVD in Berlin, who sent Captain Vladimir Bokov to collect Fenstermacher.

Antipov had a German mistress named Trudi. Bokov very carefully (so as not to anger the general) asked as to whether or not she spoke Russian.[5]


Arnold was German Freedom Front operative. In late 1947, after the death of Reinhard Heydrich, Arnold and GFF agents Max, Konrad and Hermann seized a TWA airliner on a flight from Amsterdam to New York City. They forced the plane to Madrid. They also demanded all prisoners in American custody be released. When the Americans did not act, they killed one of the passengers, David Levinsky, the only Jew aboard the plane.

The group eventually set fire to the plane when their demands weren't met, and surrendered to Spanish custody. The U.S., Britain and France all demanded that they be turned over to face criminal charges in their respective countries, but Spain refused.[6]


Art was a citizen of Anderson, Indiana, and a supporter of Congressman Jerry Duncan. When a new veteran asked a series of questions about Duncan's opposition, and made critical statements against Diana McGraw, Art stepped in, and in his words, helped Duncan "whipsaw" the skeptical vet. Duncan wasn't pleased about that, as he wanted to logically debate the issue and earn the vet's vote.

Art was a World War I veteran whose daughter had gone to high school with Pat McGraw.[7]

Gil AtkinsEdit

Gil Atkins was a US Army soldier who'd been stationed in Germany after World War II. He returned home to Sioux City, Iowa in 1947, to resume life as a cook. He was briefly interviewed by Tom Schmidt in Baltimore. Atkins' comments, which were generally anti-occupation, affirmed Schmidt's own position.[8]

Donald Andrew BarclayEdit

Donald Andrew Barclay (d. 1945/6) was one of the American servicemen, killed by the German Freedom Front, whose names were read out by Sven Holmquist in Loring Park in Summer 1946.[9]

Peter Leroy BarkerEdit

Peter Leroy Barker (d. 1945/6) was one of the American servicemen, killed by the German Freedom Front, whose names were read out by Sven Holmquist in Loring Park in Summer 1946.[10]

Rudolf BauerEdit

Rudolf Bauer was a Scharfuhrer of the Waffen-SS during World War II, and a member of the German Freedom Front after the war. He was part of an assault group that attacked a unit of American soldiers on the road between Nuremberg and Munich. The GFF had been outgunned and nearly wiped out. Bauer had received a severe leg wound and was taken prisoner. Under morphine, he was interrogated by Lt. Lou Weissberg, who convinced Bauer that he was in Soviet hands. Bauer gave up his immediate superior, Egon Steinbrecher.[11]

R.R.R. BaxterEdit

R.R.R. Baxter was a Brigadier General in the United States Army's Counter-Intelligence Corps. He informed Lou Weissberg and Howard Frank that the Soviet NKVD had contacted the CIC about turning over a person who might know where German Freedom Front leader Reinhard Heydrich was. Both agreed to a meeting.

Weissberg wondered just what the three R's stood for in Baxter's name.[12]


Bernard was an American journalist. At a press conference, Bernard asked President Harry Truman to at least consider the possibility that the Republican Party would win the Congress in 1946, and asked what he would do should they withhold financing the continued occupation of Germany.[13]

Literary commentEdit

Given the presence of Walter Lippmann and Drew Pearson in the same scene, it's possible that this is an additional historical figure.


Bruce was a morale officer in the United States Army. He ran a movie projector for Captain Howard Frank and Lt. Lou Weissberg when they viewed a film produced by the German Freedom Front showing captive American soldier Matthew Cunningham.

Like the two officers, Bruce was horrified. He also astutely pointed out that this was probably not the only copy of the film.[14]

Douglas CatledgeEdit

Douglas Catledge was a twice-wounded veteran of World War II. He was Jerry Duncan's Democratic opponent in 1947.[15] As Catledge was pro-war and pro-occupation of Germany, and Duncan was one of the key politicians leading opposition to the occupation, Duncan won handily. During his concession call, Catledge tried to convince Duncan that withdrawal was a mistake, but Duncan paid no heed.[16]

Chuck ChristmanEdit

Chuck Christman was a reporter for the Indianapolis News. He covered the first protest organized by Diana McGraw against the continued American occupation of Germany in Indianapolis. He defended the press's indifference to the German Freedom Front's uprising when Louise Rodgers chastised him.[17]


Clifton was an American soldier who was deployed to Germany after V-E Day. Like most of his comrades, he wasn't enthusiastic about being in Germany. In early 1946, when American forces had a tip that Reinhard Heydrich was in the American zone, Clifton was one of those mobilized under the command of Lou Weissberg to pursue Heydrich.

Clifton and one of his comrades were more interested in the rodents of the swamps outside Erlangen than they were in hunting Heydrich.[18]

Democratic Congressman from New YorkEdit

A Democratic Congressman from New York had an argument with Jerry Duncan on the House floor in 1946, just prior to the German Freedom Front's radium-bomb attack on Frankfurt. The New Yorker insisted that pulling American troops out of Germany before the GFF was defeated would insure the resurrection of Nazism in Germany in the not-too-distant future.

Duncan argued that the cost in lives and treasure greatly outweighed a policy based solely on fears.[19]

Jean DesrochesEdit

Jean Desroches was a captain in the French Army during and after World War II. When the United States received information that the German Freedom Front was planning some sort of event in Hechingen in the French zone of Occupied Germany, Lt. Lou Weissberg visited Desroches. Desroches noted the warning, but dismissed it because of its lack of specificity. Moreover Desroches had adopted the French policy of hostility towards the Americans, this despite the fact that Desroches was wearing an American uniform and carried American equipment.[20]

The meeting did not go well, as Desroches was more interested in asserting French independence than cooperating with Weissberg.[21]

Days later, Desroches returned and informed Weissberg, and then Weissberg's immediate superior, Captain Howard Frank, that the GFF had attacked a rubbish dump outside the building where ten German scientists had been captured after the war. When Frank followed up, he learned what the GFF had taken, but couldn't tell Desroches.[22]

Diana McGraw's MotherEdit

Diana McGraw's Mother (b. 1868) was 77 in 1945. She was frail and losing her memory.

When Diana McGraw began to cry upon receiving a telegram informing her of the death of her son Pat, her husband initially assumed the telegram carried news of the death of her mother. Diana reflected that, while she would indeed be very sad when she lost her mother, at least a child losing a parent would be in keeping with the natural order of things. For a parent to lose a child, on the other hand, was an inversion of the natural order and much more painful.[23]

Betsy DuncanEdit

Betsy Duncan was the wife of Congressman Jerry Duncan, (R-Indiana). They had been married since 1916.[24] She shared her husband's politics and supported him on the campaign trail.[25] She was suspicious of Diana McGraw's close relationship with her husband. In fact, both Jerry and Diana were adulterous, but not with one another.

Ihor EschenkoEdit

Ihor Eschenko was a major in the Soviet Red Army. In the aftermath of the assassination of Ivan Koniev, Eschenko ordered the round up of German POWs for interrogation and execution. He reported his findings to Vladimir Bokov of the NKVD, and then supervised a retaliatory mass execution.

To Bokov's surprise, Eschenko was indiscreet in sharing some of his opinions. While Eschenko actually outranked Bokov, Bokov wielded greater power. However, Bokov saw little harm in Eschenko's tactless utterings, and was far more interested in catching Koniev's assassin.[26]

Gustav FenstermacherEdit

Gustav Fenstermacher (b. c. 1920) was an Obergefreiter in the German Wehrmacht. After Germany surrendered in May 1945, Fenstermacher joined the German Freedom Front. In the fall of 1945, he strapped explosives to his body and attempted to detonate himself in Soviet-occupied Dresden. His bomb did not detonate, however (either it was defective or Fenstermacher lost his nerve), and Fenstermacher was identified and captured by Soviet troops. He was turned over to NKVD agent Vladimir Bokov.[27]

Fenstermacher attempted to assert his rights as a POW under the Geneva Conventions. Bokov quickly disabused Fenstermacher of this erroneous belief.[28]

Fenstermacher was subjected to interrogation by the NKVD.

Literary noteEdit

His ultimate fate is unknown.[29]


Fritzi was a veteran of the Eastern Front of World War II and a staunch Nazi. He lived in the swamps outside Erlangen, smuggling cigarettes. While in the presence of Americans, he spoke hatefully of Adolf Hitler, which lulled the Americans into a false sense of security. When Reinhard Heydrich and Johannes Klein were nearly captured by American troops, Fritzi found them and smuggled them to safety in his false-bottomed boat. They even passed an American checkpoint, but the troops knew Fritzi, and so didn't search Fritzi's boat.[30]

Fyodor FurmanovEdit

Fyodor Furmanov was a colonel in the Soviet Red Army. In July 1945, he was leading a parade of troops through the streets of Berlin, when a German Freedom Front Werewolf drove up in a truck loaded with explosives. The Werewolf blew himself and the truck up, killing several Red Army soldiers and destroying half of a city block. Furmanov survived with minimal injuries--the explosion happened right behind him. Furmanov realized that the responsibility was his, and was forthright with Captain Vladimir Bokov of the NKVD when the latter investigated.[31]

Furmanov wanted revenge, but he shared concerns that if the Soviet Union was too brutal in dealing with the GFF, it might simply drive more people into their camp.[32]


Gabe was a medic with the US Army. He helped carry the wounded Lt. Colonel Alexander Volchkov from the rubble of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice after the German Freedom Front destroyed it in December 1945.[33]

Father GallagherEdit

Father Gallagher was the McGraw family's priest. Diana McGraw turned to him when she learned that her son, Pat, had been killed in Germany in September, 1945.[34]


Gladys was Jerry Duncan's secretary in Washington, DC. She served coffee when Duncan met with Diana McGraw for the first time.[35]

Nikolai Sergeyevich GolovkoEdit

Nikolai Sergeyevich Golovko (d. December 1945) was a Superior Private in the Soviet Red Army. In December 1945, he was kidnapped by the German Freedom Front. He was filmed reading the GFF's demands that the Soviet Union withdraw from Germany. Vladimir Bokov and Moisei Shteinberg quickly dismissed any thought of meeting those demands, knowing full well it meant Golovko would be killed.[36]


Gorinovich was Vladimir Bokov's driver in Dresden. Gorinovich was quite content Dresden (and by extension Germany) had gotten what it deserved. Bokov, while disturbed by the remains of Dresden, quickly agreed.[37]

Tony HawkinsEdit

Tony Hawkins was a major in the United States Army. He oversaw security at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg prior to the planned trials of several Nazi officials in December 1945. He and Lou Weissberg were witness to the truck-bombing of the Palace just before the trials were scheduled to begin.[38]


Heinz was a member of Jochim Peiper's cell of the German Freedom Front. When Reinhard Heydrich was killed in 1947, Peiper took overall control of the GFF. Heinz was somewhat skeptical of the regime change, but Peiper won him over.[39]

Anton HerpolsheimerEdit

Anton Herpolsheimer was the town councilor of Erlangen, Germany. A veteran of World War I, Herpolsheimer did not see action in World War II. He was present when a German Freedom Front Werewolf blew himself up in the midst of several American soldiers during a pick-up baseball game.

Lou Weissberg interviewed Herpolsheimer after the event. Herpolsheimer, while obviously not happy to be on the losing side of World War II, was thoroughly appalled by the Werewolf's action.

Weissberg was also surprised when Herpolsheimer tacitly admitted knowledge of the mass murder of the Jews, noting that his niece had had a Jewish husband who committed suicide before the War began.[40]

Danny HolmquistEdit

Danny Holmquist (d. 1945) was the son of Sven and Susan Holmquist. He was killed by the German Freedom Front at about the same time Pat McGraw was. His parents joined Diana McGraw's Mothers Against the Madness in Germany.[41]

Susan HolmquistEdit

Susan Holmquist was a member of the Mothers Against the Madness in Germany in Minneapolis. She and her husband Sven lost their son Danny about the same time Diana McGraw lost her son.

The Holmquists helped organize a war-protest rally in Minneapolis in the summer of 1946. While Diana was speaking, Mayor Hubert Humphrey stepped onto the stage uninvited to plead that the audience change its opinion. Sven Holmquist reminded Humphrey that he had no business there, and Diana McGraw threatened to have Humphrey arrested.[42]

Sven HolmquistEdit

Sven Holmquist was a member of the Mothers Against the Madness in Germany in Minneapolis. He and his wife Susan lost their son Danny about the same time Diana McGraw lost her son.

The Holmquists helped organize a war-protest rally in Minneapolis in the summer of 1946. While Diana was speaking, Mayor Hubert Humphrey stepped onto the stage uninvited to plead that the audience change its opinion. Sven Holmquist reminded Humphrey that he had no business there, and Diana McGraw threatened to have Humphrey arrested.[43]

Rudyard HolmyardEdit

Rudyard Holmyard was a brigadier general in the United States Army. He was called to testify before Congress after the German Freedom Front was able to capture several prominent German physicists in 1946.

Holmyard was heavily grilled by Indiana Republican Jerry Duncan. Holmyard was able to derail Duncan when he shared the fact that General Leslie Groves (who'd overseen the Manhattan Project) was convinced that the GFF could not build an atomic bomb of its own.

Duncan felt a small amount of pity for Holmyard because of his name.[44]


Hudgeons was a major in the British Army. He was stationed in Cologne after World War II, acting as a liaison between the Allies and Konrad Adenauer in early 1946.[45] Hudgeons met with United States CIC Captain Lou Weissberg, introducing the American to Adenauer.[46]


Ilse (b. c. 1913) was a German woman who shared a sexual relationship with American journalist Tom Schmidt. She was given a film by a German Freedom Front Werewolf to pass on to Schmidt. She did not know the Werewolf, and did not know what the film was.

Ilse was fond of Schmidt, although whether that was because he brought her money and food, or because she felt a romantic connection to him, Schmidt was never sure.[47]


Izzy was a soldier who'd served in the American occupation of Germany. He returned home in 1947, after the Truman Administration began withdrawing troops. Izzy encountered Diana McGraw, the leader of the anti-occupation forces in the U.S. Izzy cursed her in Yiddish, and attempted to argue with her, but a friend of his convinced him to move on.

Diana McGraw realized that Izzy was Jewish, and decided that "regular" Americans were plenty happy, even if the Jews weren't.[48]


Jack was a photographer for the Indianapolis Times. He accompanied E.A. Stuart to and took photos of the first protest against continued American occupation of Germany. He also joked that Stuart was the only child in kindergarten to use his initials.[49]

Abe JacobyEdit

Abe Jacoby was an accountant in Anderson, Indiana. Diana McGraw hired him to manage the business account for Mothers Against the Madness in Germany. He reduced his normal rates for McGraw; he had a nephew named Sheldon who was stationed in Munich.

Ed McGraw was relieved that Jacoby was the accountant, as Jacoby was a Jew.[50]

Sheldon JacobyEdit

Sheldon Jacoby was a soldier stationed in Munich after World War II. His uncle, Abe Jacoby, was the accountant for Mothers Against the Madness in Germany.[51]

Uwe KupfersteinEdit

Uwe Kupferstein was the bartender at the Soviet New Year's Eve party in 1945. After the German Freedom Front poisoned the celebration liquor, killing several officials, Kupferstein was detained by NKVD officers Vladimir Bokov and Moisei Shteinberg. Kupferstein asserted that he wasn't a Werewolf and he wanted to get on with his life. The NKVD agents let him go.

Kupferstein had served in World War II. He'd lost his foot at Dunkirk.[52]

Boris Aleksandrovich KuznetsovEdit

Boris Aleksandrovich Kuznetsov (d. February 1947) was a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Red Army stationed in Berlin. As he was arguing with NKVD Captain Vladimir Bokov about inefficient supplies, a truck bomb exploded outside the building. When Kuznetsov, Bokov and other inhabitants of the building went out to investigate, an ambulance arrived, and another truck bomb went off. The blast ripped off the top of Kuznetsov's head.[53]

Walt LefevreEdit

Walt Lefevre was part of Bernie Cobb's squad. He and Cobb found themselves fighting the German Freedom Front in the immediate aftermath of World War II. This included a firefight with a GFF Werewolf in the forests of Erlangen in the winter of 1945.[54]

Mack LeffEdit

Mack Leff was an American soldier stationed in Erlangen, Germany after V-E Day. He and Bernie Cobb guarded a check point after Reinhard Heydrich kidnapped ten German scientists from British custody.

Leff and Cobb actually encountered Heydrich and his aide, Johnann Klein, outside Erlangen, but didn't recognize them, and believed their forged documents.[55]


Leszczynski was a captain in the Polish Army. Although he had received medals from the Soviet Red Army, Leszczynski was a Polish nationalist, a fact that NKVD Captain Vladimir Bokov quietly picked up on, and knew that meant that Leszczynski would eventually be eliminated.[56]

Leszczynski was Bokov's contact in Wroclaw.[57] After Wroclaw's Governor Pietruszka was assassinated by the German Freedom Front, the Polish Army rounded up every ethnic German in the city, until it found a Waffen-SS officer named Adrian Marwede.[58] Bokov and Leszczynski interrogated Marwede, who confirmed two things that both men already knew: that Reinhard Heydrich had been hiding weapons, even as they were needed at the Front, and that lightly wounded men were kept by Heydrich rather than returned to battle after they healed. What Marwede revealed for the first time was that Heydrich had been doing this since summer 1943 (something Lesczynski hadn't heard, but didn't register much surprise upon hearing it).[59]

David LevinskyEdit

David Levinsky (d. 1947) was an American passenger aboard a TWA flight hijacked by the German Freedom Front and redirected to Madrid, Spain. He was a Jew, which made him their first murder victim when their demands were not met.[60]

Edna LopatynskiEdit

Edna Lopatynski of Illinois[61] was an early supporter and colleague of Diana McGraw. She was a staunch member of the group Mothers Against the Madness in Germany, and was present for the first substantial protest McGraw organized in Indianapolis in 1945.[62]


Louise was a neighbor of Ed and Diana McGraw. She came over and comforted the whole McGraw family when they learned that their son, Pat, had been killed in Germany in September 1945.[63]


Luisa was Anton Herpolsheimer's niece. She had been married to a Jew named Max, who committed suicide in 1939, fearing that he would eventually become a burden on his wife.[64]


Ludwig was a German Freedom Front Werewolf captured by the US Army CIC in the fall of 1945. Under threat of castration, Ludwig revealed the location of a GFF storage bunker in the forests of Bavaria.[65] Lou Weissberg led a squad to seize it.[66]

Privately, Weissberg doubted that the CIC would have really castrated Ludwig.[67] Weissberg was also disappointed that the bunker contained weapons and propaganda tools, but no better links to the GFF leadership.[68]


Manny was the American soldier who guarded the captive Johannes Klein following the raid on the Alpine Redoubt.[69]

Adrian MarwedeEdit

Adrian Marwede was a member of the German Waffen-SS and a veteran of World War II. He'd survived the Red Army's siege of Wroclaw, when it was still the German city of Breslau, but when the town surrendered in 1945, he tried to pass himself of as a mere Wehrmacht non-com. When the German Freedom Front assassinated Governor Pietruszka, Marwede was arrested by the Polish Army, along with all German veterans. Marwede was personally interrogated by Polish Army Captain Leszczynski and NKVD Captain Vladimir Bokov, who quickly determined that Marwede was in fact Waffen-SS.

Marwede was able to shed some light on the GFF. He explained that Reinhard Heydrich (for whom he had little use) had been routinely taking weapons and men from the front. Marwede's disclosure that Heydrich had been doing so since 1943 was quite upsetting to Bokov.[70]


Matt was an American serviceman who lost a leg Over There during World War II. Matt's brother was luckier, only receiving a little crease in the buttocks, and became an Indiana state trooper after the war.[71]

Max (GFF Agent)Edit

Max was German Freedom Front operative. In late 1947, after the death of Reinhard Heydrich, Max and GFF agents Konrad, Arnold and Hermann seized a TWA airliner on a flight from Amsterdam to New York City. They forced the plane to Madrid. They also demanded all prisoners in American custody be released. When the Americans did not act, they killed one of the passengers, David Levinsky, the only Jew aboard the plane.

The group eventually set fire to the plane when their demands weren't met, and surrendered to Spanish custody. The U.S., Britain and France all demanded that they be turned over for prosecution, but the Spanish government was in no hurry to comply with those demands.[72]

Max (Luisa's Husband)Edit

Max (d. 1939) was the husband of Luisa, the niece of Anton Herpolsheimer. A Jew, Max saw the tide of Germany turning against the Jews. Unable to get a visa to another country, he hanged himself for fear of becoming a burden on his wife.[73]


Mel, also called "Horseface"[74], was an American soldier in Germany after World War II. He drove Tom Schmidt to an interview with General Dwight Eisenhower in Munich in December, 1945. When they arrived in the city, Mel was relieved to have made it through "Injun Country" in one piece.


Mitzi (d. 1947) was a former Flakhiferin. She and former Luftwaffe Oberleutnant Ernst Neulen were members of the German Freedom Front. In July, 1947, the two seized an American C-47 with the purpose of crashing it into a Berlin courthouse, thus preventing the trial of several German officials for war crimes. Mitzi fully expected to parachute from the plane before the crash.[75] However, Reinhard Heydrich ordered that Mitzi's parachute be sabotaged, so when she jumped, it didn't open.[76]

Max MüllerEdit

Max Müller was a member of the German Social Unity Party, and the Soviet-appointed Burgomeister of Chemnitz. As the German Freedom Front had committed several assassinations in Chemnitz, Müller contacted the NKVD for help. Captain Vladimir Bokov arrived, but ultimately could provide no help.[77]

Sandy NagyEdit

Second Lieutenant Sandor "Sandy" Nagy (d. 1947) was the co-pilot of a C-47. He and pilot Wes Adams were murdered by two German Freedom Front Werewolves just prior to take-off. The Werewolves then crashed the C-47 into a courthouse in Berlin, preventing the Allies from putting German war criminals on trial.[78]


Offenbacher was a lieutenant with the Indianapolis Police Department. He was in charge of crowd control at an anti-war rally organized by Diana McGraw on July 4, 1947. He witnessed the assassination of City Councilman Gus van Slyke, and quickly took charge of the crime scene, despite the panicked crowd.[79]


Pietruszka (d. 1945) was the Soviet-appointed governor of Wroclaw, Poland in 1945. An advocate of the relocation of Germans from Poland, Pietruska was killed by German Freedom Front Werewolves.

The Polish Army responded by rounding up every German soldier and ethnic German it could find. It then called in the NKVD to investigate.

Pietruszka was seen as a solid communist.[80]

Ezra RobertsonEdit

Ezra Robertson was a major in the United States Army. A skinny but tough man from either Vermont or New Hampshire, he was assigned to help prosecute the various German war criminals the Allies apprehended after World War II. Those plans had been derailed twice by the German Freedom Front by 1946.[81]

While drinking in an officer's club in Nuremberg with Howard Frank and Lou Weissberg, Robertson warned Weissberg that suggestions that the US and the Soviet Union cooperate more would be bad for Weissberg's career.[82]


Rocky (d. December 1946) was an American soldier stationed in Germany after World War II. While driving for Lt. Lou Weissberg, Rocky was killed by a roadside bomb that was connected to wires strung across the road, and detonated when the clippers mounted on the vehicle cut the wire.

Weissberg was injured, but survived.[83]

Louise RodgersEdit

Louise Rodgers (b. c. 1897) was an early ally of Diana McGraw, joining McGraw for the first organized protest against the ongoing American occupation of Germany. She'd lost her son in Germany to the actions of the German Freedom Front. On the date of the protest, held at the State Capitol Building in Indianapolis, Indiana, she chided members of the press in attendance, including E.A. Stuart and Chuck Christman for not paying attention sooner.[84]


Rojek was a private in the United States Army. He was part of a squad of troops that went into the Bavarian woods to locate a German Freedom Front bunker. Sgt. Toby Benton ordered Rojek to begin digging for the entrance once the bunker was located. Rojek wasn't happy or enthusiastic in his digging.[85]


Ron was in the audience of a speech Congressman Jerry Duncan gave at the American Legion outpost in Anderson, Indiana. Ron expressed his disdain for the idea of removing American troops from Germany. Duncan argued that staying accomplished nothing.

Duncan flattered Ron by remembering his name.[86]


Roscoe was part of the unit of American soldiers that unsuccessfully searched the base of the Alps for Reinhard Heydrich's hideout in the fall of 1946.[87]

Keith RosenthalEdit

Lt. Colonel Keith Rosenthal was the senior US Army officer present when Konrad Adenauer made his fateful visit to Erlangen in 1946. Adenauer was killed by the German Freedom Front mortar attack while giving his speech. Rosenthal's hand was injured. Upon learning from Bernie Cobb that Adenauer was dead, Rosenthal, already in terrible physical pain, began to break down.

Before the speech, Cobb vaguely wondered how Adenauer felt about the Jewish Rosenthal being responsible for his safety. Cobb concluded that Rosenthal's status as an American was probably more important.[88]


Sandy was an American soldier. He accompanied Lt. Lou Weissberg to Pförring and helped arrest Egon Steinbrecher.[89]

Egon SteinbrecherEdit

Egon Steinbrecher (d. 1946) was a Hauptsturmfuhrer in the Waffen-SS during World War II and a member of the German Freedom Front after. Professionally, he was a mechanic in Pförring. Steinbrecher planned a GFF attack on an American army unit on the road between Nuremberg and Munich in 1946. The attack was actually a disaster for the GFF men involved. One, Rudolf Bauer, was wounded and captured. Believing he was in the custody of the Soviet Union, Bauer gave Steinbrecher's name to Lou Weissberg.[90] Weissberg arrested Steinbrecher and interrogated him. Steinbrecher gave the names of several Pförring residents, falsely claiming that they were Werewolves.[91] When Weissberg discovered Steinbrecher's falsehoods, he had him summarily executed by firing squad.[92]


Lt. Colonel Surkov (d. 1947) of the Soviet Red Army was stationed in Berlin after World War II. In the aftermath of the German Freedom Front's attacks in Paris and London in 1946, Captain Vladimir Bokov conferred with Surkov about protecting Soviet monuments. Surkov even suggested the possibility that a GFF operative might use a Soviet tank to pull it off.

In 1947, Surkov had slacked off on protecting monuments, and the Red Army monument was destroyed by a GFF agent using a Soviet tank. A disgraced Surkov committed suicide.[93]

Elfriede TaubenschlagEdit

Elfriede Taubenschlag was a young German widow living in Berlin after World War II. Her husband was killed during a bombing raid at the end of the war. To make ends meet she took odd jobs. She took a job as a server at the Soviet Union's New Year's Eve celebration. When the German Freedom Front poisoned the party and killed several Soviet officers, Taubenschlag was detained as a possible suspect by Vladimir Bokov and Moisei Shteinberg.[94]

Tortured FeldwebelEdit

A German Feldwebel, after a long period of torture at the hands of the NKVD, finally tipped off Vladimir Bokov about the Werewolves.[95]


Trudi was the German mistress of Major General Boris Antipov, the Soviet Division commander at Dresden. Captain Vladimir Bokov met Trudi when he went to Dresden. He discretely inquired as to whether Trudi knew Russian. Antipov denied it, and then grew angry that Bokov suspected Trudi was a spy. Bokov quickly calmed the general down.[96]

Gus van SlykeEdit

Augustus "Gus" van Slyke (d. July 4, 1947) was a city councilman for Indianapolis. He was a fat man who had gotten rich selling used cars. A critic of the Truman Administration, van Slyke attended a rally organized by Diana McGraw on July 4, 1947. Only a few lines into his speech, van Slyke was shot to death by someone in the crowd. His death further galvanized the anti-occupation movement. His killer was not identified.[97]


Wally, whose primary distinguishing feature was his "jug handle" ears, worked with Tom Schmidt at the Washington bureau of the Chicago Tribune. After Reinhard Heydrich slipped through the US Army's hands, Schmidt discussed a column which attacked the Truman Administration with Wally.[98]

Ollie WeyrEdit

Ollie Weyr was a captain in the United States Navy. In 1947, Weyr had the pleasant duty of informing Chicago Tribune reporter Tom Schmidt that he would not be allowed back into Germany. Weyr took the opportunity to criticize Schmidt, off the record, for the anti-Truman Administration columns Schmidt had written, believing that they were a large part of why things were going so badly in Germany.[99]


Wilbur was an American reporter. In a 1947 press conference with Harry Truman, Wilbur questioned whether Germany could develop a rocket that could deliver an atomic bomb to the United States.[100]


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, p. 283.
  2. Ibid., p. 283.
  3. Ibid., p. 283.
  4. Ibid., p. 283.
  5. Ibid., pgs. 66-68, TPB.
  6. Ibid., pgs. 508-515.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 238-239
  8. Ibid., pgs. 521-523.
  9. Ibid., p. 285.
  10. Ibid., p. 285.
  11. Ibid., pgs. 271-272.
  12. Ibid., pgs. 221-222.
  13. Ibid., pg. 177.
  14. Ibid., pgs. 128-131.
  15. Ibid., pg. 237.
  16. Ibid., pgs. 313-314.
  17. Ibid., pgs. 94-96.
  18. Ibid., pgs. 219-220.
  19. Ibid., pgs. 256-258.
  20. Ibid., pgs. 234-235, HC.
  21. Ibid., pg. 236.
  22. Ibid., pgs. 240-243.
  23. Ibid., pg. 71.
  24. Ibid., pg. 237.
  25. Ibid., pgs. 310-317.
  26. Ibid. pgs. 22-25.
  27. Ibid., pg. 66.
  28. Ibid., pg 67.
  29. Ibid., pg. 68-69.
  30. Ibid., pgs. 213-220.
  31. Ibid, pgs. 39-40.
  32. Ibid. pgs. 41-42.
  33. Ibid., pg. 114.
  34. Ibid, pg. 75.
  35. Ibid., pgs. 82-83.
  36. Ibid., pg. 135.
  37. Ibid., pg. 65.
  38. Ibid., pg. 111.
  39. Ibid., pgs. 494-495.
  40. Ibid., pgs. 35-39.
  41. Ibid., pg. 282.
  42. Ibid., pg. 282-285.
  43. Ibid., pg. 282-285.
  44. Ibid., pg. 225.
  45. Ibid., pg. 169.
  46. Ibid. pgs. 169-171.
  47. Ibid, pgs. 131-134.
  48. Ibid., pgs. 439-440.
  49. Ibid., pgs. 93-98.
  50. Ibid., pgs. 119-120.
  51. Ibid., pgs. 119-120.
  52. Ibid., pgs. 166-167.
  53. Ibid, pgs. 357-361.
  54. Ibid., pgs. 125-128.
  55. Ibid., pgs. 205-207.
  56. Ibid., pg. 87.
  57. Ibid., pgs. 87-88.
  58. Ibid., pg. 88.
  59. Ibid., pgs. 89-90.
  60. Ibid., pg. 513.
  61. Ibid., pgs. 95-97; she's later identified as being from Ohio.
  62. Ibid., pgs. 147-152.
  63. Ibid., pg. 75.
  64. Ibid., pg. 38.
  65. Ibid., pg. 78.
  66. Ibid., pgs. 76-81.
  67. Ibid., pg. 79.
  68. Ibid., pgs. 80-8.
  69. Ibid., p. 484.
  70. Ibid., pgs. 88-91.
  71. Ibid., p. 248.
  72. Ibid., pgs. 508-515.
  73. Ibid. pg. 38.
  74. Ibid., pg. 121.
  75. Ibid., pgs. 404-405.
  76. Ibid. pg. 411.
  77. Ibid., pgs. 231-232.
  78. Ibid., pgs. 402-403.
  79. Ibid., pgs. 393-396.
  80. Ibid., pgs. 87-89.
  81. Ibid., pgs. 292-293.
  82. Ibid., pg. 294.
  83. Ibid., pgs. 336-339.
  84. Ibid., pg. 94.
  85. Ibid., pg. 77.
  86. Ibid., pg. 239.
  87. Ibid., pgs. 304-306.
  88. Ibid., pgs. 193-197.
  89. Ibid., pg. 273.
  90. Ibid., pgs. 271-272.
  91. Ibid., pgs. 285.
  92. Ibid., pg.286.
  93. Ibid., pgs. 456-457.
  94. Ibid., pgs. 164-166.
  95. Ibid, pgs. 26-27.
  96. Ibid., pg. 66.
  97. Ibid., pgs. 395-398.
  98. Ibid. pgs. 221-223.
  99. Ibid., pgs. 428-430.
  100. Ibid., pg. 379.
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