Kurt’s neighbor, watches out for him – loves his older sister Anna
- Older boy from Kurt’s neighborhood, born in 1905
- Doesn’t do well in school, but not a dumb student either. Just not interested
- His father served with Kurt’s father in the battle of Verdun, but suffered “shell shock” and was medically discharged.
- Oskar’s father does menial labor jobs and lives off his army disability pension. Like a lot of people money is tight.
- Oskar’s mother died in 1918 during the influenza epidemic.
- Oskar is ashamed of his dad because he’s a “trembler” yet idolizes Kurt’s dad who died with valor
- Obsessed with knives and street violence. Not afraid to start a fight, or finish it.
- Looks after Kurt and protects him from the bullies in the neighborhood, and later the early nazis.
- Falls in love with Anna, Kurt’s sister and without knowing it gets her pregnant
- He joins the SA in the autumn of 1926 and takes part in marches, rallies and brawls against members of the communist party.
- He rises in position of leadership throughout the late 20s and early 30s, eventually running the local chapter of the SA in their neighborhood of Berlin
- Because of his party contacts he is able to finally live “the good life” – where money and food is no longer an issue.
- He uses his position to help Kurt and Anna’s family.
- He declares his love for Anna in 1931. And because of his generous help she no longer has to be a prostitute.
- Oskar and Anna begin a love affair in early 1933.
- Is killed during the night of the long knives, July 3rd 1934.