Decades Old Wolfenstein Debate Settled – B.J. Blazkowicz Is Jewish
Ever since 1981, the Wolfenstein franchise has provided gamers with the opportunity to take down some Nazis. With the arrival of Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, players were introduced to all-around badass William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, an American spy of Polish decent often sent behind enemy lines to utilize his particular set of skills. As the face of the franchise for over 20 years, the Tom Hall-created character, among so many other things, has sparked a question that many thought would never get answered: Is the protagonist Jewish?
Thanks to a question from a fan on Twitter a few years ago, a more recent interview with the character’s voice actor, and the arrival of the latest installment in the series, the debate has finally ended. When asked the decades-old question on Twitter in 2014, Id Software co-founders John Carmack and Tom Hall responded with the following:
— • 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚘𝚖 𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚕 • ✪ (@ThatTomHall) March 2, 2014
While the duo didn’t provide a concrete answer, the intent of the character’s creator is just as good, right? Even though Blazkowicz hasn’t actively practiced a faith of any sorts in-game, if his mother were to be Jewish, that means he would also be Jewish. Orthodox Judaism is passed down maternally, meaning that regardless of what his father is or what B.J. himself practiced, he would be Jewish. Unfortunately, none of this has appeared in the franchise, allowing it to still remain up for debate.
A recent interview with Blazkowicz’s voice actor, however, provided a bit more on who or what the character is. Brian Bloom had this to say:
I think what’s more important is: does B.J. identify that way? I think what’s more important to him is that he sees himself as somebody who wants to fight bigotry no matter what or who he is. I think that’s probably the greater takeaway, rather than getting bogged down in the specificity, although the story does get into that because that’s a fulcrum or lens you can use to orbit that subject.”
Thankfully, with the release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, players are now getting to see in-game evidence that Blazkowicz is Jewish. Diving into the protagonist’s past, the game shows us that B.J.’s father was an all-around piece of feces that married a Jewish woman to get his hands on her family’s business. That Jewish woman happened to be Blazkowicz’s mother, making him Jewish, canonically speaking. Alas, the debate has ended.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch released slated to arrive at a later date. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Are you glad that the debate has finally been laid to rest? Is it even more awesome now that B.J.’s lineage is confirmed and he continues to kick every piece of Nazi scum he encounters? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.