Werner Dremerhaven was the camp "physician" at the Treblinka extermination camp. He was a minor antagonist of Season 2 and Season 3.
Since his sole duty at the camp was to rubber-stamp execution orders for the camp's Jewish inmates, it is doubtful whether he possessed any medical training (Abraham Setrakian, when describing Dremerhaven to Thomas Eichhorst, made a point of putting quotation marks around Dremerhaven's official title of "Doctor"). In the camp, he acquired an evil reputation as a sadist and a pervert.
Along with Eichhorst, Dremerhaven was transformed by the Master into a vampire, but, unlike Eichhorst, grew bored with his immortality, finding that he had satiated all his desires and that repeating his experiences only dulled his senses.
Knowing that Dremerhaven was also an enthusiastic bibliophile. Setrakian, posing as a dealer in rare books, tracked Dremerhaven down in Amsterdam in 1972, giving out a false lead that Setrakian possessed the Occido Lumen, which the Master urgently sought to possess. Unmasked, Dremerhaven warned Setrakian that pursuing the book was tantamount to pursuing the Master, a quest that was doomed to fail. Instead of killing him, Setrakian methodically dismembered Dremerhaven, sealed the parts of his body into a lead-lined coffin, and sunk the coffin in the ocean. Trapped by both silver and running water, and with no access to blood, Dremerhaven is condemned to an eternity of starvation and imprisonment.
Later, when confronting Eichhorst, Setrakian remarked that, of the two ex-Nazis, Dremerhaven was "unique in his sadism", while Eichhorst was nothing but a bureaucrat, which begged the question of how Eichhorst became the Master's favored servant.
TV Series Edit
In the episode "The Box" (Season 1, Episode 2), Eichhorst visits Setrakian in jail, and Setrakian taunts that the reason Eichhorst's old friend isn't there "to share your glory" is because Setrakian cut him into pieces with Jusef Sardu's sword and dumped them in the North Sea.
Dremerhaven appears in a flashback in the episode "By Any Means" (Season 2, Episode 2). Dremerhaven is turned after Setrakian tracks him down and exposes him. Dremerhaven confirms his complicity in war crimes by launching an escape which nearly fails, but he loses Sardu's sword in the process. He trips and loses Sardu's cane before he can jump on the back of a departing truck.
When Dremerhaven returns to his shop, he finds Eichhorst already waiting for him. He is in great fear of being identified and his whereabouts being told to the Mossad who will seek revenge for his Mengele-style killings in Treblinka. Eichhorst seems neither pleased nor angered about the loss of the cane but he offers Dremerhaven a chance of collaboration for another Fuehrer without going into details. When Dremerhaven expresses his desire to be no longer on the run and submit to the new Fuhrer, Eichhorst grabs him and turns him by feeding on him.
Some odd question jump up. Dremerhaven should have been at least intrigued by Eichhorst's lack of aging. Since he knew him from more than twenty years ago.
Dremerhaven became a sentient strigoi just like Eichhorst and he became equally proficient in masquerading as a human. It is not revelaed how he served the master and why he was granted sentience while the Master rather enslaves humans and reluctantly grants free will.
In 1972 Dremerhaven is tracked down by Setrakian, both using aliases to hide their true identities. Setrakian hoped to lure out Eichhorst, but he nethertheless used this opportunity to get Dremerhaven by presenting him a forged copy of the Occido Lumen for which Dremerhaven might have been tasked in retrieving it.
While they were about to close the deal, Dremerhaven broke cover and revealed that he recognized Setrakian condescendingly referring to him as merely "Jew". Setrakian used the silver cover of the forged Lumen to fend off Dremerhavens stinger and used custom created silver grenade that sprayed enough silver at Dremerhaven to severelly burn and weaken him that he was able to seize and cuff him.
Dremerhaven was reluctant to reveal any secrets about the Master or Eichhorst even when threatened with a slow death by gradual exposure to the sunlight. He claimed to have lost his tastes in sadism he displayed while in Treblinka. Setrakian quickly discovered that the room is too small and that there must be some concealed room. He promptly found it and discovered several maimed bodies drained of their blood rendering Dremerhaven's words highly doubtful. Dremerhaven claimed they were all johnns treating women badly and none of them would be missed.
Setrakian decided to dispense a similar punishment on Dremerhaven severing his limbs which Dremerhaven felt fully conscious. Setrakian let Dremerhaven know in advance that they would not regrow, leaving him in this state permanently. Setrakian gathered his limbs and torso and dumped his remains in the North Sea to suffer starvation for the rest of his existence instead of a quick death. This act tolled Setrakian much as he committed an act just as cruel as Dremerhaven himself had done many times.
After the master's demise, he might be the only possible strigoi alive, if the hunger he has suffered since Setrakian trapped and drowned him in a casket. The likelihood of him surving though is almost zero, since eventually the casket is not sealed and the salt water might effect him or penetrate his skin and siphon out nutrients from his body which might eventually kill him.
It is unknown why the master left him alive and gave him immortality and sentience, since he only gave it to exceptionally few individuals like Thomas Eichhorst and Kelly Goodweather who always showed deference and loyalty to the master. In case of Eichhorst this loyalty must be regardless of any effects his transformation into a strigoi imposed on him. Kelly on the other hand had no biography that would explain her loyalty to the master, so her transformation to a vampire and the craving to transform her dear one, her son in particular might lead to some explanation. Dremerhaven on the other hand was a renown sadist who relished in his heinous crimes committed on camp prisoners. But he was not acting on behalf of the master for whatever reason. Some questions remain, are sentient strigoi able to resist the master's control and is Eichhorst subservient by choise or is the master negligent in destroying defecting individual strigoi which appears unlikely since he was not very patient with failing henchmen with maybe one exception, he scolded Eichhorst for failing, but Eichhorst instead of fear displayed unwavering loyalty and readiness to accept any punishment the master deemed appropriate, the Master showed some care and pep talked Eichhorst into not giving up his efforts to battle the protagonists. Since Dremerhaven failed in his long term task of retrieving the Occido Lumen, the Master might be well aware of his fate given the fact that he could inhabit Eichhorst at will if his connection was not blocked by jamming wave frequencies or other means, the master could likely deem Dremerhaven's punishment as justified and leave him suffering.
Behind The Scenes Edit
The character is portrayed by British-Canadian actor Nigel Bennett who is an accomplished household name in the vampire genre. He played the role of Lucius/Lucien de la Croix in "Forever Knight" mentor of the series' protagonist and at times the main antagonist as well. His portrayal of Lacroix was lauded and that influence got so far that the major villain beared his name in "Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines" a PC game in the vampire genre.
Nigel Bennett though now with a vast spanning TV career had 15 years of acting experience in theater under his belt before he entered TV screens.
Since the Master can control and enter the mind of any strigoi spawned by himself or a minion, even a sentient strigoi, it is unneccesary that the Master and Eichhorst convene at all, since they are linked in some form of a hive mind like Star Trek's borg. This is only necessary to convey the character's thoughts to an audience who otherwise would have to conclude the content communicated by gestures or other means. [This might belong to a separate article, concerning vampires in general].
This could also explain why the Master could take over the world so quickly, he was able to coordniate all his actions far better than anyone else, he could likely befriend others like Palmer, maybe less rich but still willing to follow for being promised immortality. He could coordinate all efforts and all pawns would unwittingly collaborate. The show kind of hinted this, by Eichorst introducing Sanjay, or gathering the blind kids in the loam to be turned into feelers, all plans where Palmer was rather kept in the dark.