Herbert Reinecker (24 December 1914 - 27 January 2007) was a
very prolific German novelist, dramatist and screenwriter.
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 was 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 Propagandakompanie of the Waffen SS.
In the early 1940s Reinecker also wrote a number of plays, among
them Das Dorf bei Odessa and Der Mann mit der Geige. In 1944 he
wrote an award-winning screenplay, Junge Adler (Young
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
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,
Herbert Reinecker is reported to have stopped writing due to a
severe illness. He died on 27 January 2007.