Apocalypse 10 lives - Learning resource files

Ernst Röckel

  • Nationality: German
  • Birth date: November 10, 1880
  • Family/social situation:

    Youngest in the family; intimate friend of Siegfried Wagner.

  • Occupation:

    Theatre decorator, then soldier

Biographical elements of the character
Elements of the historical context
  • July 28, 1914

    Backstage at the Bayreuth Opera Festival, Bavaria, Germany.
    During the intermission, Siegfried Wagner, tells Ernst that war is about to break out.

  • The Bayreuth Opera Festival. Richard Wagner. Siegfried Wagner. Winifred Klindworth. The Zukunft newspaper; anti-Semitism.

  • August 10, 1914

    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany.
    In uniform, Ernst and fellow soldiers parade in front of the Kaiser.

  • Brandenburg Gate. Kaiser Wilhelm II.

  • September 1, 1914

    Field hospital, behind the lines near Tannenberg, East Prussia.
    Ernst has a leg wound.


  • The Battle of Tannenberg. General von Hindenburg. Prisoners of war.

  • March 25, 1915

    Hotel room in the Mitte district, Berlin, Germany.
    After the baptism by fire of his combat experience, Ernst is reunited with Siegfried.

  • Propaganda. The Hymn of Hate against England (1914) by Lissauer. Kriegsbrot, “war bread.”

  • December 31, 1916

    At the Neopathetisches Cabaret in the Mitte district, Berlin.
    Ernst sits at the bar. He is approached by a glamorous female stranger.


  • Karl Valentin. Sigmund Freud.

  • September 23, 1917

    Butte de Vauquois, near Verdun, Meuse region, France.
    Ernst is digging a tunnel.

  • Trench warfare. The mine war. German trenches, tunnels.

  • April 16, 1918

    The Wyckersloot farmyard, Saint-Jans-Cappel, France, near the Belgian border.
    Ernst needs material and carpentry tools. He asks Margot for help.


  • November 11, 1919

    The Röckel home in Sankt Wendel in the Saar region of Germany.
    On the first anniversary of the Armistice, Ernst and his brother Jacob talk in the garden.

  • Injuries of combatants. The “gueules cassées”, men whose faces have been mutilated. Camouflage techniques. Post-war Germany. The French occupation of the Ruhr and the Treaty of Versailles.