Function Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Hans is an extremely clever and competent puzzle-solver, who manages to figure out what’s going on around him with very little evidence. He relies on hunches to track down Jews and quickly puts together the pieces of whatever he encounters, from determining that a particular farm is most likely responsible for hiding Jews from his soldiers (even though they already searched it once) to knowing a famous actress has betrayed them, due to her presence in a tavern gunfight that left a dozen Nazis dead along with several known members of the Resistance. He figures out that it all involves a giant scheme to blow the Nazi party sky high… and immediately sits down to negotiate! He sees this as an opportunity to get out of the war, find himself a nice piece of American property and a new identity, and get forgiven for all his war crimes. Furthermore, his conditions (in which he agrees to allow them to murder Hitler and everyone else) involves them rewriting his history to insist he was part of the scheme and working against the Nazis all along. The ethics of the situation concern him less than what he, personally, might get out of it – he doesn’t care one hoot about the Nazis or what they stand for, even if he’s been serving their cause for years. Hans has two sides to him; a ruthless interrogator who figures out the truth on the fly, and a charming man who puts people at ease through pleasant conversation – right before he asks you whether the Jews are hidden under the floorboards or strangles a woman to death for being a traitor. He even leads on the Jews under the floorboards, by changing his language to English (assuming they can’t understand it), and then in their native tongue, telling the farmer goodbye and pretending to let his daughters into the house, when really he’s setting them up for a massacre. Hans shows little sentiment or interest in the past; he’s willing to let it all go for a new life abroad, a new identity, and a new crack at things.
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
Hans drips with charm and feigned goodwill; he is pleasant to everyone and always in control, unscrupulous but never comes off as looking bad. He’s so concerned with appearances that he doesn’t want the Americans to admit they made a deal with him, ruthless murderer that he is; no, he wants them to hail him as a hero who helped defeat Hitler by blowing up him and his friends in a theater, for them to rewrite history and cast him as one of the heroes, whose war crimes were necessary to maintain his cover. It’s a hard sell, but one he’s pleased about; and if not for Alto carving a swastika in his forehead on his way out of the country, he might have happily dumped his uniform in the nearest river and walked away with a new life. Hans often sells his approach, mean as it may be, through a guise of being useful to other people, being generous and helping them help him and themselves. He includes his friend and insubordinate officer in his bargain, and is horrified when Alto and his friends shoot him in cold blood. That wasn’t part of the deal he made for him!
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