The Hawke family are all German Jewish (except Leandra but I really don’t think the matrilineal nature of Judaism was given much stock by Nazis, besides, she converted) and thus have to flee when Malcolm is arrested. Carver actually signed up for the Wehrmacht. Bethany is caught and sent to a camp. Hawke is so enraged by this he gets Leandra to safety in England and then travels Europe, liberating as many fellow Jews as possible. He collects, as he goes, a motley band of misfits:
Varric, a dwarf who risked being sent to a “hospital”. Aveline is a French Resistance member. Fenris is a partigiano of Middle Eastern origin and once the personal bodyguard and practically slave of Danarius, a personal friend of Mussolini. Anders is a Danish resistance member, and Merrill is a tiny Hungarian Jew that they end up helping when her entire village is deported. Isabela is a Spanish Communist who is now aiding the Italian Resistenza, but! she’s also a double agent. Sebastian is a Scottish Catholic priest in Germany who’s forced to go into hiding for being outspoken against the regime.
Meredith is obviously some sort of Hans Landa figure (ignoring the fact she was a woman), and is trying her damnedest to catch the one they call der Habicht.