Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany, formerly Austria, born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Date of Birth: 1903
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Soldier, Police Officer, Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Elisabeth Eder
Military Branch: SS (World War II)
Political Party: NSDAP
Turtledove Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (unnamed)
Occupation: Prisoner
Military Branch: SS (World War II)
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Down to Earth
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: 1965
Cause of Death: Killed during the Race-German War of 1965, probably by an explosive-metal bomb
Military Branch: SS (Race Invasion of Tosev 3)
Political Office(s): Führer and Chancellor of the Greater German Reich
Ernst Kaltenbrunner (4 October 1903 – 16 October 1946) was a senior Nazi official during World War II. He was the highest-ranking SS leader to face trial at Nuremberg. He was executed for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ernst Kaltenbrunner in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Ernst Kaltenbrunner[1] was one of nearly two dozen[2] German officials who were captured by the Allies at the end of World War II. The Allies sought to try Kaltenbrunner and the other men for war crimes. These plans were stopped twice by the German Freedom Front, first in November 1945, when the GFF destroyed the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg[3] and second in 1946, when the GFF destroyed the American residency zone in Frankfurt with a radium bomb.[4]

In 1947, the Soviets decided to try the officials in their zone. The GFF prevented this by crashing a plane into the courthouse, killing all the lawyers and judges, but leaving the accused unharmed.[5]

Ernst Kaltenbrunner in WorldwarEdit

Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903-1965) was Führer and Chancellor of Germany for a brief period in 1965. Kaltenbrunner launched a war with the Race over Poland that led to his death and the deaths of most of Germany's leadership, and badly set back the country's fortunes for the remainder of the 20th Century.

When the Race invaded Earth in 1942, and after the Peace of Cairo was signed in 1945, Kaltenbrunner continued serving in the SS, ultimately becoming commander of the RSHA, a major security force comprised of many of the important police organizations in Germany. He held these posts throughout the reigns of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, becoming Himmler's right-hand man, and after Himmler's death was elected Führer and Chancellor by the Committee of Eight.[6]

His reign was brief and disastrous. Shortly after taking office, Kaltenbrunner initiated Himmler's plan for the invasion of Poland, starting a war with the Race in which he was not supported by any other major human power.[7] Though Germany inflicted significant damage on the Race Colonies on Tosev 3, it never had a chance. Kaltenbrunner himself was killed in the war, and the hierarchy of the Nazi Party was destroyed. Kaltenbrunner was succeeded by Walter Dornberger, the only senior German official left,[8] who immediately sued for peace.[9]


  1. Kaltenbrunner is not named in the book, but the Point of Divergence does not seem to have changed the composition of the Nuremberg defendants.
  2. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 260.
  3. Ibid., pg. 108.
  4. Ibid., pg. 260.
  5. Ibid., pg. 407-8.
  6. Down to Earth 547-548.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 550-570, generally.
  8. Ibid., pg. 606.
  9. Ibid., pgs. 614-618.
Political offices
Preceded by
Heinrich Himmler
Director of the Reich Main Security Office
30 January 1943 – 12 May 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arthur Nebe
President of Interpol
30 January 1943 – 12 May 1945
Succeeded by
Florent Louwage
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander-in-Chief of Southern Germany
18 April 1945 – 2 May 1945
Succeeded by
Albert Kesselring
Political offices
Preceded by
Heinrich Himmler
Führer and Chancellor of Germany
Spring-Summer, 1965
Succeeded by
Walter Dornberger

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