Major Heinrich Strasser is the main antagonist of the 1942 Warner Bros. film Casablanca. He is the leader of a Nazi troop who's very civil to the people around him.
He was portrayed by the late Conrad Veidt, who left Germany in 1933 after the Nazis came to power. He was cast as a Nazi in one of his most famous roles.
Why He Rocks
- Casting Conrad Veidt as a Nazi was a smart move considering he was a previous victim of Nazi attacks, so having him play one in the film was ironic and a sign.
- He's a three-dimensional Nazi with an actual personality, rather than a generic Nazi who barks orders at his soldiers.
- He's shown to be a pretty menacing figure who darkens the tone whenever he's onscreen.
- He's a excellent rival to Victor Lazlo, as he and his people nearly managed to capture Lazlo in a concentration camp and take down his people.
- Despite being a Nazi, he still acts in a friendly manner and treats his soldiers like actual members.
- During the scenes where he makes deals with Ilsa and threatens Lazlo, he's shown to think of his opponents and what they would do scenarios making him a very effective foe towards them.