Hermann Bartels

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Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler (right) with his architect for Wewelsburg, Hermann Bartels (left).

Hermann Bartels (14 April, 1900; Minden [citation needed] - 13 January, 1989; Essen) was a German architect, member of the NSDAP and the SS.



During the Third Reich

The Reichsführer SS, Heinrich Himmler, put to Hermann Bartels to work on his project of rebuilding castles, giving the rank of SS-Standartenführer. In this capacity it was Bartels who redesigned, in 1933, Wewelsburg as both the SS School and host of meetings of the leadership [1]. Bartels was attached to the Wewelsburg Office, headed by Standartenführer Siegfried Albert Taubert, from 1934 to 1937 [2]. Bartels designs made liberal of the Black Sun occult symbol, specifically on the floor of the Marble Hall. In 1938, Bartels along with Felix Ganteführer won the invitation of the government of Lippe to participate in the construction of a monument that was erected on a hill near Detmold (Hiddeser) to the eternal memory of the electoral victory of Adolf Hitler and NSDAP. Bartels was also in charge of planning the reconstruction of the cathedral of the city and party redesign buildings that were created after 1939. Bartels also redesigned the official residence of Joseph Goebbels after the propaganda minister had declared himself unsatisfied with the original plans designed by Albert Speer[3].

Bartels also filled the role of Gaukulturwart (Districy cultural leader) in Münster demonstrating a keen interest in conservation in this post [4].

After the fall of the Third Reich

Bartels Concrete and Marble Works, 1949 – 1959 Pinneberger Straße 96.
Hermann Bartels with some of his employees, 1964.
Dietrich (l) and Hartwich (r) Bartels.

On January 1, 1949, Hermann Bartels founded the company Bartels, specializing in marble and granite [citation needed].

Back then, rather than requiring marble and granite, Germany was in desperate need of more classic construction materials for its reconstruction, especially concrete. In light of this, today's marble works originally started out as a concrete production plant. Steps, paving slabs and precast concrete units made up the product range initially manufactured at plant in Wedel's Industriestraße. Their clients were construction companies and builders. Many of these quickly became regular customers thanks to Bartel's dedication to meeting their special requirements: made-to-measure pieces, processed quickly and precisely. The specialists at Bartels were also capable of carrying out even the most complicated requests. And for those who needed guidance, help was always at hand.

Gradually, demand not only grew in terms of processing, but also concerning the material used. The market began to demand granite and marble – and Bartels responded. Simple concrete components were now joined by more valuable products: complete house entry areas in granite, window sills and stairs made of marble. As demand became increasingly exigent, the range available in Wedel grew. And this is how a concrete plant which also fulfilled unusual requests gave way to the dawn of a marble works. Clients demanded the processing expertise of Bartels, but now applied to more noble materials. In just a few years, one of Northern Germany's largest marble and granite warehouses grew from strength to strength, enabling clients to select exactly the marble, granite, quartzite, limestone or sandstone variety they required. Customers also had the freedom to decide upon the processing, which was carried out by Bartels specialists using the latest machine technology. "Three decades represent a generation", declared company founder, Hermann Bartels, and handed the business over to his two sons, Dietrich and Hartwich Bartels [citation needed], on 1st January 1979, thirty years after its establishment. In 1982, the brothers enhanced the product portfolio with a series of kitchen worktops, washbasins and custom-made pieces in marble, limestone, granite, quartzite and sandstone [5].


  1. Jonathan Petropoulos, Art As Politics in the Third Reich, UNC Press Books, 1999, p. 172
  2. Heinz Höhne, The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS, Penguin Books, 2000, p. 153
  3. Viktor Reimann (translated by Stephen Wendt), The Man Who Created Hitler: Joseph Goebbels, William Kimber, 1977, p. 222
  4. Frank Uekötter, The Green and the Brown: A History of Conservation in National Socialist Germany, Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 75
  5. Information - Bartels Company

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