Franz Gerhardt was a man who, before the outbreak of World War II, truly believed in the tenets of the Teutonic Knights, a medieval order from Germany's past. As such, he was sure that Germany would eventually rise to quash the infidels around it and eventually conquer the world. Of course, when the Nazis took power in Germany, this caused quite a problem for Franz. Nazi Germany was a primarily atheistic affair, and as such, diametrically opposed to Franz's beliefs. This caused a severe schism in his mind, which ultimately caused him to go quite mad, and allowed him to essentially have it both ways; he could continue to fanatically pursue the long-dead agenda of the Teutonic Knights, and could still help the Nazis gain even more power.