Ernst Kaltenbrunner


Ernst Kaltenbrunner : biography

4 October 1903 – 16 October 1946


Portrayal in popular culture

Film and television

Ernst Kaltenbrunner has been portrayed by the following actors in film, television and theater productions.

  • Christopher Heyerdahl in the 2000 Canadian/U.S. T.V. production Nuremberg
  • Hans Meyer in the 1982 United States television production Inside the Third Reich.
  • John Moffatt in the 1981 British television series Private Schulz.
  • Hans Meyer in the 1978 United States T.V. miniseries Holocaust.
  • Mikhail Zharkovsky in the 1973 Russian T.V. mini-series Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny (Seventeen Moments of Spring).
  • Alain Nobis in the 1972 French television production La Tragédie de Vérone.
  • Branko Plesa in the 1971 Yugoslavian television production Nirnberski epilog.
  • Edward Underdown in the 1958 British film The Two-Headed Spy.


  • Ernst Kaltenbrunner: Ideological Soldier of The Third Reich is a biographical work about Kaltenbrunner by Peter R. Black.
  • Nuremberg Diary is an account of the Defendants at Nuremberg by G. M. Gilbert.
  • The Nuremberg Interviews is a descriptive, yet autobiographical account of the Defendants at Nuremberg by Leon Goldensohn. Kaltenbrunner has his own section, in his own words in this book.
  • Freemasonry: Ideology, Organization, and Policy is a book about Freemasonry published with a foreword by Kaltenbrunner.
  • Hitler’s Elite is a book by Louis L. Snyder compiling all of Hitler’s top henchmen and has a section on Kaltenbrunner.
  • Gestapo: Instrument of Tyranny is a book by Edward Crankshaw that investigates the atmosphere within the Gestapo hierarchy and includes some information about Kaltenbrunner.
  • Colonization: Down to Earth, a fictional account of historic events merged with an alternate history, Harry Turtledove creates a scenario where Kaltenbrunner is the successor of Himmler as the third Führer and Reich Chancellor of the Greater German Reich and triggers a war between Nazi Germany and alien settlers, a war that results in the destruction of the Reich and the death of Kaltenbrunner himself.