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by Kurt Vonnegut

The German Major

Character Analysis

This guy is the head of the POW camp where Billy Pilgrim meets the English officers. The German major loves the English prisoners because they look like what soldiers should look like. Conversely, he is disgusted by the Americans, who are all in poor physical shape. He apologizes to the British colonel for having to put up with these Americans and promises that they will be sent further east into Germany soon.