Otto Quangel - Furniture factory foreman. Lives on third floor above the Persickes and below the Rosenthal's.
Anna Quangel - Otto's wife.
Ottochen Quangel - Son of Otto and Anna
Ulrich Heffkes - Anna's short hunchbacked brother, married to a tall, dark and tired-looking woman
Trudel Baumann - Ottochen's fiance
Karl Hergesell - Young dark-haired man in love with Trudel
Grigoleit - Member of cell with Trudel
Eva "Evie" Kluge - Postwoman.
Enno Kluge - Work-shirking womanizer. Married to Eva but she rejects him.
Karlemann Kluge - Elder son, picture of him committing an atrocity.
Max Kluge - Younger son.
Gustav and Frau Gesch - Neighbor of Eva.
Tutti Hebekreuz - Enno's woman, heavy dark-haired masculine lady.
Lotte - Enno's woman, married to a man away at the front.
Hetty Haberle - Enno's woman, bourgeois, animal shop owner.
Anna Schonlein - friend of Hetty's who has consumption and hides dissenters in her appt.
Herr/Father Persickes - Elder drunk family patriarch. Second (first) floor.
Baldur Persickes - 16-year old Hitler-youth. Short and wiry. Has 2 older SS brothers.
Frau Rosenthal - 70 year old Jewish woman who lives above the Quangel's, 4th floor.
Siegfried Rosenthal - Older Jewish man imprisoned, once owned a shop with Frau Rosenthal, Nazis think he is hiding money.
Emil Borkhausen - Lives in basement with Otti and her (if not his) 5 children.
Otti Borkhausen - Wife(?) of Emil. Prostitute who sees John's in their home.
Kuno-Dieter - Son<?> of Otti
Judge Fromm - Lives on first (ground) floor.
Liese - Housemaid for Judge Fromm.
Dollfus - co-worker of Otto, carpenter, probably a party spy.
Director Schroeder - Factory director at Otto's factory.
SS Obergruppenfuhr Prall - cantankerous drunken boss of Escheirch
Inspector Escherich - Gestapo inspector who first learns of the postcards and keeps a pin map.
Inspector Laub - Successor of Escherich. Short, compact man with a bony hand he slaps his victims with.
Inspector Rusch - Gestapo who has Frau Rosenthal killed.
Friedrich - Assistant thug to Rusch.
Inspector Schroeder - Gestapo who first arrests Enno at doctors office
Fraulein Kiesow - Stressed receptionist at doctors office who incriminates Enno
Max Harteisen - Actor, out of work (blacklisted) because he contradicted Dr. Joseph Goebbels on a point of trivia. Finds first postcard.
Erwin - Lawyer for Harteissen - finds first postcard.
Heinz - Political commissioner of the office building where Erwin works who brings the first postcard to Inspector Escherich
Inspector Zott - a little man with goatee beard and a beer belly
Klebs - agent of Zott - small, badly nourished, banded legged, with bad skin and teeth - thief - visits old man Persickies
Walter Schwoch - rampant Nazi and cowardly yapper and denouncer. Teacher in village where Eva Kluge moved.
Frau Schwoch - Wife of Walter, she hounds Kienschaper out of her house.
Kienschaper - substitue teacher for Schwoch when he is sent to the front. Friend of Eva Kluge.
Berta Kuppke - Frau Quangel's cell mate.
Karl Ziemke ("Karlchen") - man of 30, herculean build, mastiff's head, long hairy arms. Ex-SS, contract killer, thinks he is a dog, cell mate of Otto.
Dr. Martens - works at asylum where Persinkles is held. Orders the "green injection". Has a morphine habit.
Reichhardt - Musician. Cell mate of Otto. Helps him see new perspectives and learn chess.
Chaplan Friedrich Lorenz - around 40, tall, narrow chested, wracked with TB. Befriends many inmates.
Frau Hansel - cell mate of Trudel - rats on other inmates and gets them in trouble.
Judge Feisler - historically real person. Judge of the People's Court. Partisan, un-objective, mockery of real court.
Pinscher - Prosecuting attorney, excitable, mean.Defense Attorney Stark - blond, cleans his fingers, cares less for his client and makes no defense.