Hedwig Wangel

Hedwig Wangel (1875–1961) was a German stage and film actress.

Hedwig Wangel
Amalie Pauline Hedwig Simon

September 23, 1875
DiedMarch 12, 1961
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1926 - 1958

Life and career

Born as Amalie Pauline Hedwig Simon on September 23, 1875 in Berlin in the German Empire, Hedwig Wangel was the daughter of a music publisher. After studying acting with Max Grube, she made her theatrical debut in 1893 in Urania. Following performances for the remainder of the decade in theaters across Germany, during which she was a member of Max Reinhardt's Deutches Theater, she then toured England during 1901 and 1902 and the Netherlands during 1902 and 1903, when she retired suddenly, began to provide care for homeless men and women, and assisted the Salvation Army and the Berliner Prisoner Association. Launching her own production company in 1925, she returned to films with the studio UFA the following year. That same year, she also founded the Gate of Hope, an asylum for women who had recently been freed from prison. Ultimately establishing a charitable foundation which bore her name, she recruited fellow artists and leaders in the scientific community to assist with her work and join her organization's leadership board. Among those who volunteered their services were Albert Einstein, Kaethe Kollwitz, and the poet Else Lasker-Schüler.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Rosenblum, Warren. Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Germany, 1850-1933, pp. 206-212, 295. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.


  • Shandley, Robert R. Rubble Films: German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich. Temple University Press, 2001.
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