Gestapo Leader, Heinrich Mueller, May Be Buried In a Mass Grave in a Jewish Cemetery


Heinrich Mueller was the head of the Gestapo during the Second World War. He didn’t survive the war. To the surprise of the German media, the Nazi was buried in a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery.

Mueller played an integral roll in the effort to exterminate the European Jews.

The newspaper called Bild, said that the reports are true. They’ve seen the documents that confirmed Mueller’s death and his burial location.

Dieter Graumann, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was appalled by this information.

Graumann told Bild, “That such a brutal Nazi sadist is buried in a Jewish cemetery of all places is a tasteless monstrosity. The memory of victims is being heavily trampled on.”

Professor Johannes Tuchel discovered to documentation that confirmed Mueller’s death and burial. In the documents, they say Mueller died near the Luftwaffe headquarters. Other evidence indicates that Mueller’s body was found by a work crew that were tasked with cleaning bodies. Mueller’s body was buried with 3,000 Jews in a cemetery that the SS had previously destroyed in 1943.

“Mueller never survived the war. His body was buried in 1945 in a mass grave in the Jewish cemetery,” he said to the BBC.

It would be very difficult to locate the exact location where Mueller was buried, as the specific location of the mass grave is unknown.

Mueller was the SS Gruooenfueher (about the same as a major general) who was sought for decades when the war ended. Investigators all over the world could not locate him. This included Israel’s Mossad, the US Office of Special Investigations, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

While some take Tuchel’s findings as facts, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, offers caution. He says that only DNA evidence can prove Mueller was buried in the mass grave.

In 1963, authorities were looking into a claim that Mueller was buried in West Berlin’s Neukoelln district, a gravedigger told the police he, himself, had buried Mueller in the former Jewish cemetery. The man said he had even matched his identification papers to the face of the body.

Any truth of the man’s story could not be confirmed because the graves were on the opposite side of the Berlin wall.

Zuroff said it would be a comforting thought, knowing that one of the men who was behind the 1942 Wannsee Conference had not escaped.

However, if it is true that Mueller is in fact buried among his victims, he had this to say to :

“It’s the last place on earth where he should be buried,” said Zuroff. “If this is ever verified, they’d better move very quickly to make sure it doesn’t become a shrine for neo-Nazis.”

Evette Champion

Evette Champion is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE