Helmut Benz
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette XVII
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Germany

Helmut Benz was a German villager. In 1631, he was leading a group of villagers who were fleeing from Count Tilly's mercenaries in the aftermath of the sack of Magdeburg. Benz and the group saw the Ring of Fire itself. Not long after, they encountered G.W. Torbert and witnessed him killing several mercenaries to prevent them from raping three women. Benz, the only English-speaker in the group, was able to communicate withTorbert (who also spoke modern German) and plead for assistance. Tobert agreed to shelter the group on his farm. Initially, Benz found Tobert too trusting, but also realized that Tobert could supply Benz's with people with food and water.

Afterword, Benz helped with Torbert and his family in organizing the refugees and awaiting any contact from Grantville. Benz cultureshocked by the town. Tobert shared his concerns about the Schmidt brothers, who were notorious for their ill reputation but whose wrong doings were never proven. Torbert and Benz arranged to have the men sleep in the barn and the women and children sleep in the house. Benz realized that Torbert wasn't that naive and resolved to protect Tobert. as much as possible.