- "Blazkowicz. Let me tell to you about this Übercommander. His real name is Daniel Eckstein. But everyone knows him as the butcher of Boston. A real mass murderer. Sadistic son-of a bitch. Find his ass, and deliver some justice for the people of Boston. Grace out."
- ―Grace to B.J. on Daniel Eckstein[src]
Brigadeführer Daniel Eckstein, also known as "The Butcher of Boston" is a minor antagonist and enemy in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
Eckstein first rose to significance within the Nazi party sometime in the early 1940s. In 1952, during the Nazi conquest of the United States, he took part in an assault on "Tennessee Station" wherein he was acclaimed for heroism. He was responsible for the capture, torture and execution of eighteen resistance leaders during an initiative known as Operation Strange Seas and commanded at least one other operation which led to the deaths of eleven resistance fighters and the capture of sixteen more. While the events in Boston which earned him such a grim title are never expounded upon, the mere mention of them after the fact made even hardened Nazi soldiers uncomfortable.
By July 1961 Eckstein had become one of the extremely influential Übercommanders within the American territories; it was at this time that he was deployed in the former New Orleans ghetto, leading an operation to search for any notable intelligence and recover the bodies of soldiers killed by resistance fighters during the purge of the city and subsequent detonation of a nuclear warhead by the Kreisau Circle. This assignment would be his last; while issuing orders to troops on Bienville street he was killed by William J. Blazkowicz.
Personality and relationshipsEdit
Eckstein recieves notably more character development than most of the Übercommanders, though much of it is indirect. A conversation between two soldiers at the beginning of the side mission featuring him reveals that between his unnerving gaze and his reputation he manages to scare even his own troops. He values efficiency and calm demeanour from the troops under his command, especially when working in a hazardous environment such as the irradiated ghetto.
A note found in the sewers beneath the ghetto suggests that Eckstein is greatly conflicted at the time of his assassination - the death of his lover has left him isolated, sudden bouts of guilt have surfaced over his actions in Boston and his faith in the Nazi philosophy has been shaken by the revelation of the truth behind the Reich's technological triumphs.
While Grace has no love for any Nazi she seems to hold especial contempt for Eckstein specifically, describing his death as the proudest moment of her tenure in the resistance. It is unknown whether this implies some personal history between the two or if Grace was just more generally aware of Eckstein's past and found his actions exceptionally repulsive.
|Direct appearance in The New Colossus||Albert Grosse· Daniel Eckstein· Erich Eberhardt· Friedrich Baumgartner· Gerhardt Dunkel· Gernot Herrmann· Heinrich Müller· Jürgen Schlusser· Klaus Klinger· Leopold Meissner· Ludwig Kassmeyer· Michael Rademaker· Otto Ackermann· Raimund Hofmann· Thomas Wechsler· Victor Kreuger· Walter Hauser·|
|Direct appearance in The Freedom Chronicles||Roderick Metze· Hans Stiglitz|
|Mentioned only||Erik Wechsler|