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Wilhelm Goertzmann is the incumbent Führer of the Greater Nazi Reich, after overthrowing Heinrich Himmler in a putsch organized with the help of American Reichsmarschall John Smith.

Biography

Background

It is unclear when Goertzmann was born, whether before or after the Nazi rise to power in 1933. However he joined the Schutzstaffel at some point, likely during the Second World War. He rose through the ranks, and held a command in Belgrade at some point post war, where he created a false resistance cell to lure in the actual resistance leaders to their deaths. For this he earned the favor of the Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler.

Season Four

Goertzmann is first seen meeting with John Smith in his office, claiming that Berlin is upset that an American still rules in the Nazi America. Throughout his appearances Goertzmann openly mocks Smith in private, while noticeably being less hostile while in the presence of others.

Goertzmann had been planning a coup to seize power with J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the ARBI. The original plan was for Hoover to deliver incriminating evidence against Smith, and at the same meeting murder the Nazi Command, leaving the two men to rule the Nazi empire. However after talking with Smith, Goertzmann changes his mind and backed Smith instead.

When Smith is summoned to Berlin in preparation for the invasion of western North America, Goertzmann is present at the planning conference. While Smith is in Himmler's private office murdering him, Goertzmann as part of a previous arrangement, takes out the Nazi High Command off screen, murdering such men as General Adolf Eichmann and others.

Immediately after the murder of the Nazi leadership, Goertzmann installs himself as Führer. As part of his deal with Smith, he allows North America to break from the control of Berlin, under the sovereign rule of Reichsführer Smith. No more is heard of Goertzmann, and it is implied he has a firm grasp of control over the Greater Nazi Reich.

Appearance & Personality

Goertzmann is a pragmatic opportunist. He is an effective secret policeman and also has a talent for the political arena. He also has a flair for manipulation, firstly plotting against John Smith but then managing to direct the plot against Himmler and Hoover. Like most Nazis, he cares very little about how much (or whose) blood is spilled to achieve his goals.

Notes & Trivia

  • He may have possibly been inspired by Martin Heusmann's putsch and Heinrich Himmler's rise to power, which possibly led to Goertzmann's putsch against Himmler and his Nazi loyalists.

Appearances

Season Four
"Hexagram 64"
Absent
"Every Door Out..."
Absent
"The Box"
Absent
"Happy Trails"
Appears
"Mauvaise Foi"
Absent
"All Serious Daring"
Absent
"No Masters But Ourselves"
Absent
"Hitler Has Only Got One Ball"
Appears
"For Want of a Nail"
Appears
"Fire from the Gods"
Absent
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