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School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Pannwitz Collection


Reference code(s): GB 0369 PAN

Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Title: Pannwitz Collection

Date(s): 1959, 1985

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: 1 envelope

Name of creator(s): Pannwitz | Heinz | 1911-?1981 | Gestapo officer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Heinz Pannwitz (1911-?1981) (real name Paulsen) was born in Berlin. In 1940 he became criminal commissioner heading Department GII of the Prague Gestapo in German occupied Czechoslovakia. On 27 May 1942 an assassination attempt was made on the life of Reinhard Heydrich (1904-1942) which resulted in his death on 4 June. Heydrich was head of the Nazi security police and governor of Bohemia-Moravia. The assassins were intelligence agents sent by Czech military intelligence in exile in Britain, aided by the Special Operations Executive. Pannwitz was appointed head of a special commision to investigate the killing. His final report was submitted to Hitler and found its way to the archives of the Institute for Jewish Research, New York (YIVO). In 1959 Pannwitz wrote his account of the investigation found in this collection. He would have had to rely on his memory as few books had been published on the subject at that time.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript of Heinz Pannwitz' account of the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich, 27 May, 1942, translated and annotated by Stanislav Berton entitled "The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich"; offprint of German publication of this account, annotated by Berton entitled "Das attentat auf Reinhard Heydrich vom 27. Mai 1942. Ein Bericht des Kriminalrats Heinz Pannwitz" [The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich on 27 May 1942. an account by Criminal investigator Heinz Pannwitz] in "Vierte;jahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte", vol 4, 1985, pp 668-706.


Language/scripts of material: English and German

System of arrangement:

Two items

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

On-line summary guide available on the SSEES website.



Archival history:

In the early 1980s, Pannwitz' widow allowed Stanislav Berton access to the account and he later published it.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material:

The final report that Pannwitz submitted to Hitler is now in the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, New York.

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Revised Jan 2003

Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Administration of justice
International relations
State security

Personal names
Berton | Stanislav | fl 1985 | author
Heydrich | Reinhard Tristan | 1904-1942
Pannwitz | Heinz | 1911-? 1981 | Gestapo officer

Corporate names

Prague | Czechoslovakia | Eastern Europe