Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Günter Weber Character Analysis

Weber is a young German soldier who is stationed in Lixouri, not far away from Corelli's group of Italian soldiers in Argostoli. He grew up in the mountains of Austria as the son of a Lutheran pastor, and is only able to hate Jews and Gypsies because he's never met any. Despite this, he believes fully in Nazi ideals. He meets Corelli and La Scala at the beach one day and is drafted into La Scala. He becomes the only member who cannot actually sing. As the war progresses, he spends a great deal of time with La Scala and attends meetings at Dr. Iannis's house. Weber loves the music of Marlene Dietrich and often brings his record player and records to the house. He promises to leave them for Pelagia when the war is over and makes good on that promise. However, as the end of the war approaches, the Italians surrender to the Allies, and the Italians and the Germans begin a standoff on Cephalonia, Weber becomes increasingly disillusioned with his friendships, with the Italians, and with Corelli. When he's ordered to kill Corelli's division, which includes most of La Scala, Weber lodges a formal complaint but agrees to carry out the order. He notices that Corelli survives but he doesn't kill him. Years later, Corelli goes to find Weber in Germany. He's become a pastor and seems tortured by the atrocities he committed as part of the Nazi army.

Günter Weber Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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Chapter 30 Quotes

Weber was still a virgin, his father was a Lutheran pastor, and he had grown up in the Austrian mountains, capable of hating Jews and gypsies only because he had never met one.

Related Characters: Captain Antonio Corelli (speaker), Carlo Piero Guercio (speaker), Günter Weber
Page Number: 201
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Chapter 48 Quotes

"I don't have your advantages, Günter."

"Advantages?"

"Yes. I don't have the advantage of thinking that other races are inferior to mine. I don't feel entitled, that's all."

Related Characters: Captain Antonio Corelli (speaker), Günter Weber (speaker), Pelagia, Carlo Piero Guercio
Page Number: 285
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Günter Weber Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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Chapter 30. The Good Nazi (1)
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...the Italians are culturally inferior. Corelli, however, becomes friends with one young German soldier, Günter Weber. Weber desperately wants to be blond, so he spends his free time on the beach... (full context)
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Weber sits on a rock one afternoon when the Italian truck arrives at the beach, bearing... (full context)
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Corelli asks Weber if he's "descended from the great composer." Weber is offended and insists his name is... (full context)
Chapter 38. The Origin of Pelagia's March
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...says he was just excited that his team won the football match. She says that Weber came earlier and told her that the Italians cheated, and she says that Weber looks... (full context)
Chapter 45. A Time of Innocence
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...home abortions, so they don't have sex. They're able to spend more time together after Weber gets Corelli a motorcycle. He's a horrendous driver and they fall twice, but Pelagia loves... (full context)
Chapter 48. La Scala
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La Scala is gathered at Dr. Iannis's house and Weber tells Corelli that Italians are making off with Greeks' ration cards. Dr. Iannis confirms that... (full context)
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Weber hears Pelagia in the kitchen and suggests they bring one of the prostitutes to even... (full context)
Chapter 50. A Time of Hiatus
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...Cephalonia, the Italians listen to the BBC report that the Allies are marching through Italy. Weber continues to attend La Scala meetings, but he's cold and distant. (full context)
Chapter 51. Paralysis
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...house and all the Germans and Italians who had become friendly stop seeing each other. Weber feels betrayed by the Italians and wants to teach them a lesson. Corelli doesn't come... (full context)
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Weber waits for orders and thinks about how he misses the certainty that the Nazis were... (full context)
Chapter 52. Developments
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...Carlo. Pelagia is worried and has been trying to contact partisans. At the same time, Weber feels relieved that the German reinforcements are arriving. General Gandin asked for written guarantees for... (full context)
Chapter 55. Victory
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...Cephalonia, it becomes clear to all that the Germans never meant to evacuate the Italians. Weber knows he'll have to kill his friends, and Gandin knows that his indecision has condemned... (full context)
Chapter 56. The Good Nazi (2)
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Weber requests that his mission be assigned to someone else. The major is incredulous but isn't... (full context)
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...La Scala member begins a song from Madama Butterfly. The truck reaches the brothel and Weber's knees nearly buckle; he hadn't thought that the Italians would arrive singing a song they'd... (full context)
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A Croatian tells Weber that they have to kill the Italians quickly, as more are coming soon. When Weber... (full context)
Chapter 57. Fire
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Weber nearly goes mad, especially since the Germans start to make Italian officers load their dead... (full context)
Chapter 60. The Beginning of her Sorrows
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...night and they lie together and talk about the past and the future. They discuss Weber and the reasons young men join the Army; they decide that if they have a... (full context)
Chapter 62. Of the German Occupation
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...When the Germans were ordered to withdraw in 1944, they destroyed everything before they left. Weber, however, quietly left his gramophone, his collection of Marlene Dietrich records, and an envelope outside... (full context)
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
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...comfort her. He patiently looks on as she flips through the photo album pointing out Weber, Mandras, Carlo, Kokolios and Stamatis, and Corelli. Iannis is struck by the realization that the... (full context)
Chapter 73. Restitution
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...the boys used to make Carlo visit the brothel. He notes that he tracked down Weber, now a pastor, but Weber was a pathetic mess. Pelagia admits that she still has... (full context)