Herbert Reinecker

Herbert Reinecker (24 December 1914 – 27 January 2007) was a very prolific German novelist, dramatist and screenwriter.

Herbert Reinecker
Born(1914-12-24)24 December 1914
Died27 January 2007(2007-01-27) (aged 92)
Kempfenhausen near Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany
OccupationNovelist, television writer

Born in Hagen, Westphalia, Reinecker began to write short stories already as a high school student. In 1936 he moved to Berlin, where he became editor-in-chief of a youth magazine, Jungvolk. In the same year he also co-authored a book, Jugend in Waffen (Armed Youth). This was a time when the Nazis had already been in power for three years and when the media had long been gleichgeschaltet. In 1943 he joined the Nazi Party and worked as the editor-in-chief of a book entitled Der Pimpf about the training system of the Hitler Youth. Throughout World War II Reinecker served in a propaganda company of the Waffen SS.[1]

In the early 1940s Reinecker also wrote a number of plays, among them Das Dorf bei Odessa, and the novel Der Mann mit der Geige. In 1944 he wrote an award-winning screenplay, Junge Adler (Young Eagles).

After the war, he started working for radio and television. At the same time he wrote screenplays for the series of German feature films of the 1960s that were loosely based on Edgar Wallace's novels as well as TV adaptations of Francis Durbridge novels and plays.

In the late 1960s Reinecker and producer Helmut Ringelmann wanted to create a truly German police detective. At first tentatively conceived as a "German Maigret", Reinecker's Kommissar Keller soon metamorphosed into a full-fledged character. Erik Ode was chosen to play Keller in the TV series, Der Kommissar, which was finally launched in 1969 and which became a huge success. In 1974, Reinecker and Ringelmann started a new, similar series, Derrick.

Herbert Reinecker is reported to have stopped writing due to macular degeneration. He was nearly blind when he died on 27 January 2007.[2]

Personal data: In 1938 Herbert Reinecker married Angela Schmikowski, with whom he had two children—daughter Rita (also a writer/author), 1941, and Hilmar, 1944-2001. Divorced in 1954, he married Brunhilde (Holly) Schubert in 1959.

Selected filmography


  1. Hanns-Georg Rodek: Derrick und sein Schöpfer, der SS-Offizier. Die Welt, 15 September 2011.
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