Heim, Heinrich

Heinrich Heim


15 June 1900 Munich – 26 June 1988 Munich

The Munich lawyer Heinrich Heim, who had known Adolf Hitler since 1920, was appointed to the Brown House in 1933 by Rudolf Hess, where he dealt with legislative questions, until he was transferred to the "Führer's headquarters" in 1939 as Martin Bormann's adjutant. In July 1940, after the France campaign had ended, Bormann ordered him to seek out all literature, particularly illustrated books, on theatre architecture. There were plans immediately after the ceasefire to starting building new theatres in the German Reich, because Hitler found it "grotesque" that most German cities had such mediocre theatres, some over two hundred years old. During his travels, which took him to antiques dealers, libraries and theatre collection, Heim met Joseph Gregor in Vienna. In mid-December 1940 he travelled to Paris, where he discovered a book with designs by Edward Gordon Craig at the bookshop Shakespeare and Company. He visited Craig in Saint-Germain-en-Laye with the art dealer Bruno Conrad and on subsequent meetings acquired parts of his collection and other works as thanks for financial support. Heim remained in Paris until the start of the Russian campaign and was known above all for his reports from July 1941 to September 1942 of Hitler's "table talk" at the Berghof. In autumn 1942 he became head of the department dealing with basic aspects of the reordering of Europe. After the war he was interned by the US military government as a former Nazi until the end of 1948.

Author Info
Publications about the person / institution

Peter Longerich, Hitlers Stellvertreter. Führung der NSDAP und Kontrolle des Staatsapparates durch den Stab Heß und Bormanns Partei-Kanzlei, München 1992.


Publications by the person / institution

Werner Jochmann (Hg.), Adolf Hitler. Monologe im Führerhauptquartier 1941–1944, aufgezeichnet von Heinrich Heim, München 2000.


ÖTM-Archiv, NL Edward Gordon Craig, 2 Varia, Brief von Heinrich Heim an Edward Craig, Januar 1967.