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A man is only ever as strong as the people around him. The community he serves and the family he is sworn to protect. Whatever strength he has, he draws from them. And for them, he must be prepared to give up everything. His life, his blood, or else everything he has done has been for nothing. He is nothing.
~ John Smith

Oberstgruppenführer John Smith is a former U.S Army soldier, but is now a ruthless SS Obergruppenführer investigating the Resistance in New York.

Biography

Early Life

Smith was born in the United States and fought in World War II on behalf of the United States, serving in the Pacific during the Solomon Islands Campaign. He was a U.S. Army intelligence officer, with the rank of captain. On December 11, 1945, while on leave with his wife Helen, he witnessed the atomic bombing of Washington, D.C. leaving him unaware of his new orders due to its destruction. It is implied he grew up poor during the Great Depression, leading to his future acceptance of Nazism.

He had a brother, Edmund, who developed Landouzy-Dejerine's syndrome, a form of muscular dystrophy. Edmund soon was wheelchair bound and eventually died as a result of his illness when both he and John were young. John took the death hard, telling his wife he 'worshipped' his brother.

John used to be fond of sailing, which was expressed with Rudolph Wegener saying he used to be on land as much as he was out at sea. However, after an event in Cincinnati, he stopped for yet unexplained reasons.

After saving the Reich from Heussmann he got promoted from Obergruppenführer to the rank of Oberstgruppenführer.

Season One

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Season Two

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Appearance & Personality

As a high-ranking Nazi official, Smith is as ruthless as he is cunning in his pursuit of his enemies. He does not shy away from brutal interrogation tactics and always seems to be one step ahead of the opposition. He has a stoic composure that is not lost when placed under pressure.

In contrast to his work persona, as a father and husband, Smith cares deeply for his family and puts their needs above all else. The depth of his character and affections becomes more evident as he assumes the role of a typical 1950s father.

Relationships

John trusts Helen completely and both seem to be in a close, committed relationship to one another.

John favors his son over his two daughters and pushes him to excel while Thomas works to meet and exceed his father's expectations.

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John has an unstable relationship with Joe, whose loyalty does not seem to be entirely with the Nazi Party. Both tend to hold each other at a distance while still attempting to get the most out of their partnership.

Appearances

Season One
"The New World"
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"Sunrise"
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"The Illustrated Woman"
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"Revelations"
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"The New Normal"
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"Three Monkeys"
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"Truth"
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"End of the World"
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"Kindness"
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"A Way Out"
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Season Two
"The Tiger's Cave"
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"The Road Less Traveled"
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"Travelers"
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"Escalation"
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"Duck and Cover"
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"Kintsugi"
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"Land O' Smiles"
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"Loose Lips"
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"Detonation"
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"Fallout"
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Gallery

Notes & Trivia

  • It was revealed in some behind-the-scenes photos of The Man in the High Castle Season 3, that John Smith was promoted to an Oberst-Gruppenfuhrer, the same rank Reinhard Heydrich held before his death in Season 2. On paper, John Smith is now directly under Himmler in terms of rank. This should be confirmed with the release of Season 3.

References

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