All quiet on the western front
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Like Kantorek, Himmelstoss is in just a few scenes, but he is an important representative figure. As Paul's friends see it, Himmelstoss epitomizes the way men with little power otherwise--Himmelstoss was a postman before the war--exploit whatever power they gain in the military. Paul and company do not react well to Himmelstoss's power trip. This makes Himmelstoss even nastier.