Boris Niewald arrived in Winden in 1986, apparently on the run. He encountered Ulrich Nielsen and Katharina beating up Regina Tiedemann and scared them off by brandishing a gun. He gives Regina the name Aleksander, but Hannah Kahnwald later sees him burying a bag in the forest containing the gun and a passport with his photo and the name Boris Niewald issued in Giessen, swapping it for another issued in Marburg for an Aleksander Köhler. ("Everything Is Now")
By 2019, Aleksander is married to Regina and director of the power plant, a position once held by his mother-in-law Claudia. Hannah is his massage therapist.
Ulrich, suspicious of Erik Obendorf's father Jürgen, a part-time driver for the plant, demands access to the power plant for clues about his son. Aleksander refuses him entry, citing security regulations. ("Lies")
Hannah, having taken Aleksander's bag to their massage appointment, blackmails him with it. She demands no money, only the destruction of Ulrich's life. In turn, Aleksander calls his friend in the Winden Police, Torben Wöller, and tells him to dig up dirt on Ulrich. He also mentions that they will soon be able to return the barrels of waste, which had been stored on a truck. ("Everything Is Now")