Johannes Klein
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: c. 1909
Date of Death: 20th century
Cause of Death: Unknown
Occupation: Soldier, Driver
Military Branch: Wehrmacht (World War II)
Political Party: NSDAP
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Guerrilla
Military Branch: Wehrmacht (WWII),
German Freedom Front

Johannes "Hans" Klein (c. 1909-19??) was an Oberscharführer in the SS during World War II. He is most remembered as the bodyguard and driver for Reinhard Heydrich, the de facto dictator of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Klein was present when Heydrich was fatally wounded in Prague in 1942, receiving an injury himself, which caused a permanent limp. Very little else seems to have been recorded about his life.

Johannes Klein in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Johannes "Hans" Klein was with Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich on 29 May 1942, the day two Czechoslovakian partisans attempted to assassinate Heydrich in Prague.[1] Klein's steadfast demeanor and clear thinking impressed Heydrich, who kept Klein as his aide-de-camp. When Heydrich began preparing a resistance in the face of a possible Allied invasion of Germany in 1943, Klein became Heydrich's close confidant.[2]

When the Allies did occupy Germany in 1945, Klein followed Heydrich into hiding in the Alpine Redoubt.[3] Heydrich frequently shared ideas with Klein for further terrorizing the Allies.[4] In 1946, Klein escorted Heydrich on one of the few missions the Reichprotektor personally oversaw--the kidnapping of several German scientists from British custody.[5] He stayed with Heydrich until the bitter end, which came in 1947 when the United States Army finally located Heydrich's hideout.[6] Heydrich was killed, but Klein survived, proudly acknowledging his role in assisting Heydrich.[7]


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pgs. 3-5.
  2. Ibid., pg. 29.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid., e.g., pg. 54-58.
  5. Ibid., pgs 201-216.
  6. Ibid, pgs. 475-477.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 484-486.