Fritz Spira

Fritz Spira (1881–1943) was an Austrian stage and film actor. He appeared frequently in films during the silent and early sound eras. Spira played the role of the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef in the 1926 film The Third Squadron. Spira had been working in Germany before the Nazi takeover in 1933 compelled him to leave because of his Jewish background. He went first to Poland, then returned to his native Austria. Following the Anchluss he tried to leave, but was arrested. He would die in 1943 at the Ruma concentration camp in Vojvodina.

Fritz Spira
Born1 August 1881
Diedc. 1943 (aged 62)
OccupationFilm actor
Stage actor
Years active1910-1935 (film)
Spouse(s)Lotte Spira (m. 1905- div. 1934)
Charlotte Andresen (m. ?-1943)
ChildrenCamilla Spira
Steffie Spira


He was married to Lotte Spira from 1905-1934 and was the father of the actresses Camilla Spira and Steffie Spira. Camilla would survive the Holocaust because her mother signed a statement swearing that Fritz was not Camilla's natural father, despite her being an adult.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Baer p. 118


  • Baer, Hester. Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language. Berghahn Books, 2012.

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