At the start, Thomas is shown to be a devoted Hitler Youth member who strives to make his father proud in both his athletic and school performance. Unfortunately for both him and his family, he was diagnosed with, Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a congenital disease which would slowly weaken and paralyze him. Dr Adler, the family doctor, informed John and warned that unless John acts upon this information and administers a painless injection to euthanise Thomas, he will be forced to report the disease to the authorities. John Smith decided not to act upon this, however, Thomas slowly started to exhibit some of the symptoms by falling down his home stairs.
His father killed his doctor in order to prevent this being reported, as failing to report it would have been a crime against the state. He hatched a plan to have Thomas "kidnapped" by the resistance while in Amazonia, which would be the cover for him to be taken somewhere where he could live out his life. Despite this, right after Dr Adler's funeral ceremony, Thomas had a fit in front of Juliana and started to question these episodes. In the end, though, after discovering for himself that he was incurably ill, Thomas self-reported himself to the Reich and willingly left with them to be purged (euthanized) as a "defective", promising not to mention to anyone that his family had been aware of his illness.
Thomas' death left a massive negative impact upon the Smith family. Publically, Thomas Smith was praised for his devotion to the Nazi ideal and was even the subject of a propaganda film, 'An American Hero' by Nicole Dormer. The high school he attended was renamed after him in remembrance of his devotion. Privately however, the pain of Thomas' demise drove John and Helen Smith into devestation. Helen Smith was badly effected, driving her to drink excessively and taking stimulants on a regular basis to keep her composure. She also started openly questioning Nazi eugenics policy, stating that Thomas could still have been a useful member of society despite his condition and even confirming to her friends that the Propaganda Minister Joseph Geobbels has a deformity. This set her against her husband who reprimanded her for being so open and that this can lead to their arrest for questioning Nazi dogma.
John Smith privately grieved for his son albeit kept a composed exterior, largely due to his standing within the Reich. Rumours of Thomas' condition being hushed up were spreading, further endangering Smith's standing, even exposing him to rival power players like George Lincoln Rockwell and J. Edgar Hoover.
Appearance & Personality
Thomas held a great deal of respect for his father, to the point of idolizing him. He also displayed a desire and drive to excel in the Hitler Youth. However, he seems to lack the ruthless and cold nature required to be a successful Nazi, and his personality quite differs from the coldness that his father possesses.
Thomas Smith has several good relationships with many different characters throughout the series. He has a strong relationship with his parents, especially his father, Obergruppenführer John Smith. He has a good relationship with his younger siblings, Jennifer and Amy, but at times they can tease and annoy each other. He also has a good relationship with Joe. He also has a strong relationship with Juliana, as he went to her to help him talk about his disability, meaning that he trusts in Juliana very much.
|"The New World"|
|"The Illustrated Woman"|
|"The New Normal"|
|"End of the World"|
|"A Way Out"|
|"The Tiger's Cave"|
|"The Road Less Traveled"|
|"Duck and Cover"|
|"Land O' Smiles"|
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Notes & Trivia
- In reality, Landouzy-Dejerine's syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder, meaning if his father and mother do not express the disorder (which they don't) there is no way Thomas could exhibit FSHD, except for de novo mutation (up to 1/3 of cases), incomplete penetrance (possibly up to 5% of adult cases of FSHD), and/or variable expressivity. It is also possible that his paternal uncle was misdiagnosed (or had a different disorder) due to an imperfect understanding of muscular dystrophic conditions.
- Thomas' symptoms do not match Landouzy-Dejerine's syndrome. Absence Seizures, his main symptom, are caused primarily by some forms of epilepsy. However, given the aggressive purging of anyone with "defects" by the Nazi regime, it is possible that they either do not know about or do not bother to distinguish between different disorders. This possible misdiagnosis could also explain how Thomas could have such a condition genetically when his father is only a carrier and he thus shouldn't have the named disorder.