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The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Vanguard The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode


"All I saw was a uniform and a perfect haircut. I had no idea what lay behind those icy blue eyes."
Gabriel Krafft

SS-Oberführer Wolfram Von List is a character featured in the Zombies mode of Call of Duty: Vanguard, serving as the secondary antagonist. Von List was first mentioned in a Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies audio log from Outbreak. Member of the Schutzstaffel, Von List is the leader of the SS unit "Die Wahrheit".

Biography

Die Wahrheit

Following their seizure of power, the Nazis began looking for the existence of the supposed Aryan race. Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Schutzstaffel, created many institutions and battalions dedicated to find evidences and proofs. Wolfram Von List became the leader of one of these battalions, called Die Wahrheit, and raided antiquities around the world.

On the onset of the Second World War, in 1939, Von List came across pages of a spellbook called the Tome of Rituals which belonged to a patron of the University of Leipzig who revealed to be a member of the Société Occulte. Over the previous centuries, the Société compiled Dark Aether rune magic spells into what was now called the Tome of Rituals. Von List approached one of the professors at Leipzig, Gabriel Krafft who was a demonologist and an expert of the occult. When Krafft refused to help Himmler into twisting history, Von List executed his assistant, Franz, forcing him to cooperate.

Von List tasked other coerced individuals including explorers, historians, and archaeologists to find relics and mystical locations including the Holy Grail, Thor's Hammer, Atlantis, and Shangri-La. After Krafft kept defying him, Von List arrested Krafft's wife Sasha only giving him letters as a "proof of life". Krafft begrudgingly continued to work for Von List. Using the Tome of Rituals, Krafft found the locations of five artifacts and soon Die Wahrheit was deployed around the world including in Egypt where a forgotten temple of Osiris was found in the Eastern Desert. While the artifacts looked anachronic, they turned out to be little to no use to further the Nazis' propaganda. Nonetheless, Von List kept the artifacts in his possession.

Battle of Stalingrad

Following the encirclement of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad in November 1942, Von List led an SS rescue operation to resupply the trapped men and break the siege. However, by February 1943, the commander of the 6th Army, General Friedrich Paulus surrendered to the Soviets. The event had a profound impact on Von List who witnessed a deathblow to the Wehrmacht and the first major defeat of Nazi Germany.

Army of the Dead

"Oberführer Wolfram Von List... you are the instrument of my revenge. I give you an army of the dead! But our enemies have allies from beyond this mortal realm..."
Kortifex

In March 1944, Von List and Die Wahrheit were deployed near Leningrad to support Army Group North in the region. In the early hours of March 7th, 1944, the research group at Projekt Endstation in Morasko performed a test of their cyclotron which malfunctioned and breached the dimensional membrane between their world and the Dark Aether. This resulted in the reactivation of the artifacts. Von List was drawn to one of them and soon bonded with Kortifex, the former Lord of the Dark Aether. Kortifex offered Von List the power to raise the dead, creating revenants. Von List immediately reported to Himmler and deployed Die Wahrheit, including Krafft, to Stalingrad for a new operation.

Taking the locals by surprise, Von List and Die Wahrheit installed themselves in the city. Von List confiscated all the pages of the Tome of Rituals and locked them away in his office. He also locked Krafft in a room with his books and a radio. Krafft sealed himself in the room using a speek he found in the Tome of Rituals and sent a distress call to the Allies who sent in operatives to investigate Von List's actions. With his new power, Von List planned to raise an army of the dead comprised of fallen soldiers, both Germans and Soviets, and turn the tide of the war. Kortifex cast a containment spell trapping the operatives inside the city with no way to contact the outside world.

Legacy

Ultimately, Von List failed in his bid to turn the tide of the war in his favor. Decades later during the Cold War, Omega Group Colonel Lev Kravchenko would recall Von List during a conversation with the Oberführer's great-nephew, Hugo Jager.

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