Herman is the charismatic second-in-command at the German-American Bund. His aggressive politics, heated rhetoric, and personal magnetism inevitably create tension within the group and for the Bund’s leader, Peter Craft.
Throughout the SeriesEdit
Herman joins Peter Craft as he marches into a Los Angeles park with his fellow comrades in his German military uniform, waving an American and Nazi flag. They are the German American Bund. He introduces himself and explains that he would do anything to keep his family safe. He believes that American has a duty to keep them safe as opposed to interfering in foreign affairs. He proposes that they enjoy their lives in America and leave the Old World to itself.
The Crafts hosts Tom’s birthday party in his backyard. Peter has invited his German comrades. As the kids play, Ackermann talks about how the Bund has to get to the radio. While the Jews own most of the stations, the Catholic stations remain a possibility. Peter mocks Ackermann’s plan of having them work alongside a radio show cult. Peter then greets Elsa as she arrives at the party. Before Peter can get the chance to introduce Elsa to his wife, Ackermann joins them. He detects from her accent that she’s from Berlin, even pinpointing exactly where. Peter, seemingly growing jealous, invites her to meet the rest of the guys. Elsa scolds them for turning Peter’s backyard into a beer hall. They ask Elsa to sing a beer house song. She proceeds to sing in German with the rest of the Bund joining in, including Peter. Elsa inches towards Peter as they continue to sing.
Peter and Elsa attended a diner for the German-American Bund. Peter tells Herman that his ideas are tired and unworthy. Herman explains that the Fuehrer is intent on purifying Germany, but Peter wants to keep them separate, which Herman argues will allow the world to become overrun by mongrel races. Herman wants to take the radio and warn people of what the Juden are. Herman wants to show America who their shared enemy is and take their fight to their enemy. Peter tells Herman that his arguments about the war and Jews are filled with rage. Herman accuses Peter of not even sounding German. Elsa adds that neither is Hitler. When her child asks her about their plight, she tells him about their place in the world and how Germans believe in dignity for everyone.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit