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Kurt Gerron (1897–1944)

Berliner Kurt Gerron was the darling of the German public, whether in theatre (Threepenny Opera, 1928), film (The Blue Angel, 1930), as a singer, a director or in cabaret. In 1933, he fled halfway across Europe to Amsterdam. Arrested there in 1941, he was sent to the Gestapo-run concentration camp in Theresienstadt, where he was forced to make a propaganda film about the ‘exemplary’ living conditions at the camp. Gerron, together with most of the other ‘performers’, was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 and murdered.

This biography is part of the open-air portrait exhibition

This biography is part of the urban memorials exhibition

 

References:

Roy Kift, Camp Comedy. A play featuring original cabaret songs from Gerron's Karussell cabaret, and dealing with Gerron's moral dilemma in making the propaganda film for Goebbels, in: Robert Skloot (Hg.),The theatre of the Holocaust. Volume 2: Six plays, Madison 1999.

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