Hans-Heinrich Lammers

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Hans-Heinrich Lammers

Reichsminister und Chef der Reichskanzlei SS-Gruppenführer Dr. jur. Hans-Heinrich Lammers

In office
30 January 1933 – 24 April 1945
Deputy Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger (1942–45)
Leader Adolf Hitler (Führer)
Preceded by Erwin Planck
Succeeded by Office abolished

In office
1 December 1937 – 24 April 1945
Leader Adolf Hitler (Führer)

President of the Reich Cabinet
(Presiding Officer in Hitler's Absence)
 National Socialist Germany
In office
January 1943 – 24 April 1945

Born 27 May 1879(1879-05-27)
Lublinitz, Province of Silesia, Prussia, German Empire
Died 4 January 1962 (aged 82)
Düsseldorf, West Germany
Political party NSDAP
Other political
DNVP until 1932
Spouse(s) Elfriede Tepel
(m. 1913; suicide 1945)
Children 2
Alma mater German University of Breslau
Heidelberg University
Profession Judge
Cabinet Hitler Cabinet
Military service
Allegiance  German Empire
 National Socialist Germany
Service/branch War and service flag of Prussia (1895–1918).png Prussian Army
Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
Flag Schutzstaffel.png Schutzstaffel
Years of service 1903–1914 (reserves)
Rank Hauptmann der Reserve
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Iron Cross
Order of the Crown of Italy
Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus
Grand Imperial Order of the Red Arrows

Hans-Heinrich Lammers (sometimes wrongly Hans Heinrich; 27 May 1879 - 4 January 1962) was a German officer, jurist, judge and prominent National Socialist. From 1933 until 1945 he served as head of the Reich Chancellery under Adolf Hitler.


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Born in Lublinitz in Upper Silesia, the son of a veterinarian, Lammers completed law school at the universities of Breslau and Heidelberg, became Einjährig-Freilliger of the 4. Niederschlesisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 51 in 1903 and obtained his doctorate in 1904. Since 1906, he was Leutnant der Reserve. He was appointed judge at the Amtsgericht (district court) of Beuthen in 1912. During World War I, as an officer of the Imperial German Army (Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 51, Landwehrkorps "von Woyrsch", and Brigade-Ersatz-Bataillon Nr. 2 of the Garde-Ersatz-Division), he received the Iron Cross, First and Second Class. He was badly wounded 1917 and lost his left eye and served later until 18 November 1918, when he was retired, at the Civil Administration of the General Government of Warsaw (Generalgouvernement Warschau). After World War I, he joined the national conservative German National People's Party (DNVP) and resumed his career as a lawyer reaching by 1922 the position of undersecretary at the Reich Ministry of the Interior.

He held the high position of Head of the Reich (German: Chef der Reichskanzlei). He was also a minister (Reichsminister), as the Head of the Reich, i.e. a member of Hitler’s cabinet (the government of the Third Reich). Lammers held the high rank of SS-Obergruppenführer (equivalent to a army corps general). Since 1943, Lammers was also head of the German government during Hitler’s absence. Namely, Hitler had several services, which played the role of the secretariat. There were:

The mentioned services fought for power. Lammers, Bormann, and Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel (the head of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht) tried to organize a sort of triumvirate. Lammers would represent the country, Bormann the party, and Keitel the Wehrmacht. The plan failed because of the lack of unity and opposition of the senior National Socialists.

Nuremberg trials

At one of the notorious Nuremberg trials, Lammers stated on the Holocaust that he

"knew nothing about it until the moment of the collapse, that is, the end of April 1945 or the beginning of May, when I heard such reports from foreign broadcasting stations. I did not believe them at the time, and only later on I found further material here, in the newspapers. If we are speaking now of the elimination of a harmful influence that is far from meaning annihilation. The Führer did not say a word about murder; no mention was ever made of such a plan."[1]

He also stated that during the war he had investigated rumors of Jews being killed and asked Himmler and Hitler about these. Both rejected the rumors and stated Jews were deported but not killed. Lammers believed the rumors to have been based mostly on foreign broadcasts.[2] A WWII document states that in March or April 1942, Hitler had repeatedly informed Lammers "that he wanted to postpone the solution of the Jewish question until after the war."[3]

Lammers was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released early in 1952.


Hans-Heinrich was the son of veterinarian Johannes Lammers[4] (d. 1889) from Westphalia and his wife Anna, née Hielscher (d. 1928). On 29 April 1913, Leutnant d. R. Lammers, then court assessor (Gerichts-Assessor), married his fiancée, a merchant's daughter, Elfriede Tepel (1894–1945) in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, and they had two daughters:

  1. Vera-Irene (b. 3 Aug 1914) who survived the war.
  2. Ilse-Brunhilde (b. 28 May 1918) married Herr Hoffman.

After being brutally raped by French soldiers, Elfriede and her daughter Ilse committed suicide on 8 and 10 May 1945 not far from the Obersalzberg.



  • Einjährig-Freiwilliger 1 October 1903 to 30 September 1904[5] in the 4. Niederschlesisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 51
    • Thierry Tixier (in: "Allgemeine SS - Polizei - Waffen SS") states 1 October 1902 to 30 September 1903, author Volker Koop even states 1901 to 1902
  • Leutnant der Reserve 13 February 1906
  • Oberleutnant der Reserve 24 December 1914
  • Hauptmann der Reserve 19 August 1916


Awards and decorations



  1. Re: quora.com / Tim O'Neill: Nazis never denied 'holocaust' https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?t=8165#p61364
  2. Re: quora.com / Tim O'Neill: Nazis never denied 'holocaust' https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8165&sid=d1f229b205170755b56b2948eaaaccf8&start=120#p78457
  3. Graf, Jürgen; Thomas Kues; and Carlo Mattogno. Sobibór: Holocaust Propaganda and Reality. Holocaust Handbooks. 2010. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1&page_id=19
  4. Lammers, Hans Heinrich
  5. Hauptmann d.R. Hans Heinrich Lammers