Character profile, Out of Mecklenburg, Spy novels

Katrina and Jürgen Lanze

Katrina Lanze, née von Menen, was born in 1915 and is two years younger than her brother Carl. Although recently married, she still lives at the family home in Mecklenburg because her husband Jürgen is often away on duty.

Jürgen Lanze is a Lieutenant Commander in the German navy. Like Manfred von Lieber, his remit is U-boats, and he is often needed at Lübeck.

When we first meet Jürgen, Carl congratulates him on his Knight’s Cross, but he downplays the attention. He is highly skilled but modest and is far more concerned about the safety of his crew than earning medals.

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Character profile, Out of Mecklenburg, Spy novels

General Klaus von Menen

Klaus von Menen was an Oberleutnant in the First World War and has risen to the highest rank of the German Army. But when we first meet him, the General is being made redundant, shuffled off to the Fuhrer Reserve.

Deep down, General von Menen knows that Germany will lose the war and fears the Russians will soon destroy the family estate at Mecklenburg. His number-one priority is to keep his family and friends safe.

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