Paul Harteck
Historical Figure
Nationality: Austria (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire),
United States
Date of Birth: 1902
Date of Death: 1985
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Chemist, Educator, Author of Non-Fiction
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: 1947
Cause of Death: Shot to death

Paul Karl Maria Harteck (20 July 1902 – 22 January 1985) was a German physical chemist. He was arrested by the allied British and American Armed Forces and incarcerated at Farm Hall for six months in 1945 under Operation Epsilon. After his release, he returned to academia.

Paul Harteck in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Paul Harteck (1902-1947) was one of several scientists captured by the German Freedom Front in 1946.[1] It had been Reinhard Heydrich's hope that the scientists might build the GFF an atomic bomb. Karl Wirtz disabused Heydrich of that notion.[2]

Nonetheless, Harteck and his fellows were held in the underground Alpine Redoubt until 1947. When American forces arrived, Heydrich escaped, and ordered Harteck and several other scientists killed.[3]

Before his capture by Heydrich, Harteck had planned to go the University of Hamburg.[4]


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 202-204.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 227-228.
  3. Ibid., pg. 467.
  4. Ibid., pg. 170.