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Old 03-24-2020, 01:14 PM
Sam Stone is offline
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No, I don't think so. I just read up on Horst Wessel, and he was a law student. There are no incidents in his Wikipedia entry that line up with the events in the show. The real Horst Wessel was not physically imposing and had a deformed arm.

The real Horst Wessel was killed in 1930, and we're not quite there yet in Babylon Berlin. I'd say that if Horst Kessel is murdered by a Communist by being shot when he opens his apartment door, or if he dies and Goebbels decides to turn him into a martyr, then we can say the character was at least loosely inspired by Horst Wessel. But so far, the only thing they seem to have in common is a first name and that they were thugs in the NSDAP.