The S. A. Man
The S. A. Man, whose name is Theo. He is proud of his part in the Nazi movement and enjoys kindling fear among his friends and acquaintances.
The Parlour-Maid, the S. A. Man’s mistress. She fears her lover and dislikes him because he takes her money from their joint bank account.
The Worker, a man named Lincke. He is taunted and frightened by the S. A. Man.
The Social Democrat
The Social Democrat, a man who blames the Communists for Germany’s inability to save itself politically from the Nazis.
The Old Worker
The Old Worker, Herr Sedelmeier, who is forced to say over the radio that his factory is a wonderful place to work.
The Woman Worker
The Woman Worker, Fräulein Schmidt, who is forced to say that the factory is a pleasant place to work.
Y, two German physicists who correspond indirectly with Einstein and fear discovery by the Nazis.
Judith Keith, a Jew who leaves Germany in 1934 for refuge in Holland.
Judge A, Herr Goll. He wants to render a verdict on a Jew but is confused as to whether the Nazis want a verdict of guilty or not guilty.
The Inspector, a man named Tallinger. He is too careful of his own fate to be helpful to the judge.
The Prosecutor, an ambitious man named Spitz who gives the judge no help because he would like the place on the bench held by Judge A.
Judge B, an elderly friend of Judge A. Judge B is too aware of the dangers in Germany to offer any advice to his friend Judge A.
The Butcher, an old-time Nazi who hangs himself when he realizes that he has been betrayed by the party.