Fredrick Zoller
Zoller in cafe
Vital statistics
Name Fredrick Zoller
Gender Male
Allegiance Nazi Germany, Wehrmacht
Title/Rank Private
Nationality German
Fate Killed by Shosanna Dreyfus
Portrayed by Daniel Brühl
“Who wants to send a message to Germany?”
Fredrick Zoller

Frederick Zoller is a Wehrmacht marksman who became a war hero. He became a war hero after he killed at least 250 enemies in three days. Because of his exploits, Joseph Goebbels decided to turn his exploits into a propaganda film, called Nation's Pride, in which Zoller stars as himself. He was nicknamed by his comrades "the German Sergeant York".


He was born in Germany.



A couple of days before the premiere, he met a French girl, who he immediately became infatuated and smitten with, who owned a cinema, by the name of Emmanuelle Mimieux (who was actually a Jewish girl whose family was killed 4 years earlier). He meets her again next day in a bistro, where he tells her his war exploits. Later that day, he "invites" her, via Major Dieter Hellstrom, to a restaurant where many Nazi politicians and officers were relaxing and talking politics. He presents her to Joseph Goebbels. He manages to convince the minister to move the film premiere to her cinema.


At his film premiere, he was in Hitler's lounge, behind Goebbels and Hitler. Wanting to see Shoshanna, he goes to the projector room where she was. Shoshanna rejects his advances, angering him and resulting in him breaking into the room. After telling her about all the things he's done for her, Shoshanna finally asks him to close the door. Thinking that Shoshanna was interested in getting sexual with him, he obliges, heading to close the door. He then was tricked and shot by Shoshanna in the cinema's projector room, but managed to survive long enough until he shot her dead too. Their bodies were cremated when the cinema burned to the ground.


Zoller, although a model soldier, is seemingly uncomfortable with all the praise surrounding his military exploits (as referenced in his modesty in response to admiration, and reaction to a propaganda film he stars in). He falls infatuated and in love with Shoshanna, (who he knows as Emmanuelle) and tries to impress her by having the screening for Nation's Pride moved to her cinema. When spurned, he goes so far as to confront Emmanuelle with hostility in the projection room, upset that she doesn't share the same feelings for him he does for her.


  • The character Frederick Zoller was largely based on movie star Audie Murphy. After casting, Daniel Brühl was brought in for audition sessions for French actresses vying for the role of Shosanna.
  • At the premier, Pvt. Zoller is in his full dress uniform with all his decorations. He wears the Knight's Cross with oak leaves, swords, and cut diamonds around his neck and the Iron Cross 2nd class on his chest. However, only the Iron Cross 1st class, which is missing, would be worn, as ONLY the ribbon of IC 2nd class would be worn in combat (from the second buttonhole, Rachtmans Uniform is correct for someone who received IC 1st AND 2nd class), or, as soon as a soldier received the Iron Cross 1st class, on formal occasions also (from the small merit-clip, where Zoller wears his complete IC 2nd class with it's ribbon). So this scene suggests Zoller received the Knight's Cross without earning the IC 1st class, which would be impossible.
  • At the premiere, Pvt. Zoller wears his Knight's Cross around his neck but when in uniform in all other scenes, he is without it. The Knight's Cross was one of the highest orders the Third Reich bestowed upon soldiers and when in any uniform Zoller would have worn it around the neck.
  • In keeping with the film's fairy tale vibe, Zoller's dressing is meant to portray him as a prince, but this time with a tragic twist.[1]
  • The film in which Fredrick Zoller appears as himself is hardly a novel concept. Karl von Müller, a naval captain aboard the SMS Emden in World War I, starred as himself in a 1932 feature film about his war-time exploits.

Notable quotesEdit

  • It's been a pleasure chatting with a fellow cinema lover.
  • The only people who should be allowed in the room are the people who will be moved by the exploits on the screen.
  • Who wants to send a message to Germany?

Behind the scenesEdit

He was played by Daniel Brühl.

Daniel Brühl dubbed himself for the Spanish version of the film.

Daniel Brühl was offered the roles of Major Dieter Hellstrom or Staff Seargent Wilhelm Wicki before being cast as Private First Class Fredrick Zoller.



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