Iwa Wanja

Iwa Wanja (10 October 1905 – 26 June 1991) was Bulgarian born German film actress.[1] She moved to Berlin to pursue her career, appearing in around thirty German films. Married to Norbert Schultze, German composer, best remembered for having written the melody of the World War II classic Lili Marleen.

Iwa Wanja
Born10 October 1905
Died26 June 1991 (1991-06-27) (aged 85)
Other namesIvanka Nikolova Yanakieva
Years active1925–1954 (film)
Spouse(s)Norbert Schultze
ChildrenNorbert Schultze Jr., Kristian Schultze

Life and career

In 1937, Wanja appeared in the Nazi propaganda film, Urlaub auf Ehrenwort (Holiday on Parole, also known as Furlough on Parole).[2]

Sometime around 1943, she wed German film composer Norbert Arnold Wilhelm Richard Shultze (1911-2002). They had two sons together. During their marriage, she penned the libretti for several of his compositions for the stage.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. Kester p.208
  2. Giesen, Rolf. Nazi Propaganda Films: A History and Filmography, p. 227. Jefferson, North Carolina, McFarland & Company, Publishers, 2003.
  3. Letellier, Robert Ignatius. Operetta: A Sourcebook, Vol. II, p. 773. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars, 2015.


  • Bernadette Kester. Film Front Weimar: Representations of the First World War in German Films of the Weimar Period (1919-1933). Amsterdam University Press, 2003.
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