Lotte Spira

Lotte Spira (24 April 1883 – 17 December 1943) was a German stage and film actress. She appeared in supporting roles in around seventy films.

Lotte Spira
Born
Charlotte Andresen

24 April 1883
Died17 December 1943 (1943-12-18) (aged 60)
Berlin, Nazi Germany
Other namesLotte Spira-Andersen
Lotte Spira-Andresen
OccupationFilm and stage actress
Years active1923-1943 (film)
Spouse(s)Fritz Spira (1905–1934; divorced)
ChildrenCamilla Spira
Steffie Spira

She was married to the Austrian actor Fritz Spira in 1905. In 1934 she divorced her Jewish husband under duress from the Nazi authorities. During the Second World War she signed a statement swearing Spira was not the real father of her daughter Camilla Spira, who was being held at Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands.[1]

Shortly after Lotte Spira received news of her ex-husband's death in a concentration camp in Yugoslavia, she died of natural causes, aged 60. Her other daughter Steffie Spira, also an actress, managed to escape into exile.

Selected filmography

References

  1. Baer p. 118

Bibliography

  • 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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