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Heinrich George

Heinrich George

Heinrich George (1893 Szczecin – 1946 Oranienburg), born Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz – legendary
actor, dramatic actor. He made his debut in 1911 in Bürgerliche Ressource theatre in Szczecin. He took up his first important role the next year in Kołobrzeg in the operetta by Jean Gilbert Chaste Susanne. He performed in many appreciated plays by Shakespeare, Schiller and Goethe. In 1921 he started his film career, which made him extremely popular over all Germany. Among others he acted in a great classic of film history, silent film Metropolis (directed by Fritz Lang, 1927), fragments of which have been used in the clips of world music giants: Queen and Madonna, and the first screen adaptation of the novel by
Alfred Döblin Berlin Alexanderplatz (directed by Phil Jutzi, 1931). In Hollywood he acted in Men Behind Bars together
with other Szczecin citizens: Dita Parlo and Heinrich von Twardowski. After Hitler’s coming to power he was not permitted to continue his work, later he was committed to film propaganda. Since 1938, when he became a director of Berlin Schiller-Theater, he was helping actors of Jewish origin by engaging them on his stage. He acted in 81 films, the last of which was Kolberg (directed by Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner, 1945) – propaganda work with modern realization and the budget estimated at 10 million marks. In 1945 he was arrested by Soviets and died of inanition in Sachsenhausen camp.

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