Heinrich Mendelssohn

Heinrich Mendelssohn (21 February 1881 – 7 August 1959) was a German contractor and real estate developer. He participated in the construction and development numerous projects located in Berlin, i.e: the Hansaviertel, the Bavarian quarter, the Kurfürstendamm and the Olivaer Platz. He was also behind a development of the skyscraper at the Anhalter Station in Berlin which was named after the Saxon royal family.[1]

Mendelssohn was born in Posen, German Empire today Poznań, Poland in 1881. In cooperation with Albert Heilmann, Mendelssohn constructed the Europahaus (House of Europe) in Berlin, which today houses the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.[2] He emigrated during the Third Reich, and died in Geneva, Switzerland in 1959.

A claimed connection to the family of the famous Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn has not yet been confirmed. He is most likely the father [illegitimately] of the British actor Daniel Gerroll, whose mother was Heinrich's paramour from 1949 to 1959.


  1. ^ Whyte, Iain Boyd; Frisby, David (2012-11-27). Metropolis Berlin: 1880–1940. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520270374.
  2. ^ Lillteicher, Jürgen (2007). Raub, Recht und Restitution: die Rückerstattung jüdischen Eigentums in der frühen Bundesrepublik (in German). Wallstein Verlag. ISBN 9783835301344.