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Claire Waldoff (1884–1957)

Claire Waldoff© BArch, Bild 183-R07878/o. Ang.

The cabaret and chanson singer Claire Waldoff rose to stardom on Germany’s vaudeville stages before the First World War. Her light-hearted and flippant songs, often performed in Berlin’s unmistakable dialect, and her openly lesbian lifestyle infuriated the Nazis. In 1933 she was temporarily prohibited from performing in public. Waldoff was discriminated against as a lesbian and could only appear on stage sporadically during the Nazi era. Her career was ruined.

Öffnet den Link in einem neuen FensterThis biography is part of the open-air portrait exhibition

This biography is part of the urban memorials exhibition

 

 

References:

Helga Bemmann, Claire Waldoff. Wer schmeißt denn da mit Lehm?,  Frankfurt/Berlin 1994.
Maegie Koreen, Immer feste druff. Das freche Leben der Kabarettkönigin Claire Waldoff, Düsseldorf 1997.

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