Reichsführer Heinrich was a leading Schutzstaffel general in the Nazi Party. He led a detachment of former SS soldiers in collaboration with the insane alchemist Dr. Matthias Jäger to find the Philosopher's Stone in 1947.
In 1947, Heinrich helped Dr. Matthias Jäger search for the Philosopher's Stone to resurrect an army of Nazi soldiers. Heinrich wasn't a strong believer in the stone's power but personally witnessed the ceremony Dr. Jäger conducted while holding Soviet Major Nadia Kirov hostage and was convinced that Germany could be saved from ruin. His hopes were dashed when the ritual was interrupted by Indiana Jones, who pointed out that the stone could only be used by someone pure of heart.
After Jäger destroyed himself with the stone, the tower where the ceremony was conducted started to quake and collapse. While Nadia and Indy escaped, Heinrich wasn't so lucky, as he was crushed to death by falling debris.
Personality and traitsEdit
A high-ranking Schutzstaffel (SS) officer, Heinrich was a cruel and brutal person with violent tendencies like other SS officers. Even after the end of World War II, Heinrich continued thinking about the superiority of the Aryan race, thinking that the Germans were a race of superior beings that should reign in the world and over subordinate races.
Although Heinrich agreed with Matthias Jäger that resurrecting the Nazis was necessary for Germany to "be reborn" and regain its lost glory following the end of the war, he was very skeptical about the supernatural. He was surprised when Jäger used the Philosopher's Stone to resurrect their fallen comrades despite Indiana Jones' warnings about it. The Stone, however, ended up becoming Heinrich's undoing when the tower where the ceremony was being conducted was destroyed.
Behind the scenesEdit
Unlike most of the characters of Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix, which adapted the shelved game of the same name cancelled by LucasArts, General Heinrich was created for the comic. He wasn't created for the game, as he is absent from the game's design documents.
General Heinrich bears similarities with Arnold Ernst Toht, the Gestapo agent who appeared as one of the secondary antagonists in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Like Heinrich, Toht was one of Adolf Hitler's most loyal followers and helped the main antagonist (in Toht's case, René Emile Belloq) to prepare a ceremony for the use an artifact despite scepticism of the supernatural. It was also the power of the artifacts which sealed their respective fates.