Study Guide

All Quiet on the Western Front Characters

By Erich Maria Remarque

Paul Bäumer

Paul is the guy. This is his book, his story, and his journey. He's the protagonist and, until...

Stanislaus Katczinsky (Kat)

Kat is the leader of the pack in almost every way. He's forty, mature, strong, and has a...

Tjaden

When we first meet Tjaden, he's in ecstasy over the excess food rations made available by the...

Müller

 When we first meet Müller, he seizes the opportunity to take Franz Kemmerich's soft...

Albert Kropp

Albert Kropp is the resident philosopher of Paul's company.  This guy is a thinker, and he...

Detering

Detering is, in essence, a total sweetie-pie. He spends the entire novel missing his wife and his...

Corporal Himmelstoss

Himmelstoss doesn't get a lot of screen time (page time?) but he's both profoundly memorable and...

Kantorek

In a novel about war, you'd expect "evil" to take many forms. An enemy soldier, perhaps. A...

Franz Kemmerich

Kemmerich is the first soldier whose death is detailed. In fact, we hardly get to see him alive:...

Josef Behm

Behm didn't want to join the war, but he allowed himself to be persuaded by authority figures...

Lieutenant Bertinck

Bertinck is the company commander and an all-around good guy. He loves his men, allows them to...

Gerard Duval

Duval is an enemy soldier, a French man, who crawls into the shell crater in which Paul is hiding...

Heinrich Ginger

Ginger is the camp cook who argues against the men having extra rations when he cooked for a...

Josef Hamacher

Josef is a sharpshooter the men encounter at the Catholic Hospital. When Paul tosses a bottle to...

Haie Westhus

Haie represents an interesting demographic: the men whose civilian life is so hardscrabble that...