Alfred feels “the fates of fortune had found me.” He brings Joana to the ship’s doctor, Dr. Richter. He agrees to register her and her patients to the Wilhelm Gustloff—and her friends to any ships with space—after she helps him unload a train of wounded soldiers. Alfred feels proud and important. He thinks to himself that, given the opportunity, he easily “rose to the occasion and seized the path of the hero’s journey.”
Alfred feels that luck has brought him to Joana. Being useful to a higher-up makes him feel important, and helps reinforce his fantasy that he is a hero on a mission.