Cold City: Escalation Boulevard
Major Joseph Spiegelmann
American RPA-DC Member
A former US Marine signals officer who served briefly in the Pacific, Spiegelmann has precious little experience of Europe and Europeans. His view of Germany and the Germans is firmly based on the evidence uncovered after the war, evidence of the Final Solution and the atrocities committed in the name of National Socialism.
US involvement in the RPA is very much within the province of the military, particularly the army. Needless to say, there are many who dislike the fact that a Marine is in charge of the US effort in Berlin. Spiegelmann was chosen precisely because of this. An army officer who had served in Europe may have proved to be too close to the situation, hence the choice of a soldier who had never set foot on the continent until 1949.