Martha Ziegler

Martha Ziegler (20 March 1899 – 2 December 1957) was a German actress.

Martha Ziegler
Born20 March 1899
Died2 December 1957 (1957-12-03) (aged 58)
West Germany
OccupationFilm actress
Years active19301949


Martha Ziegler was born in the German Empire in Darmstadt on March 20, 1899. After completing her high school education, she attended drama school in Frankfurt, and then found acting work in a series of roles over the years at Berlin's Schiller Theater and in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Frankfurt am Main.

In 1928, she was awarded legal protection against the Landestheater Darmstadt.[1]

By the time she was in her early 30s, she was steadily employed in Germany's movie business, making an average of three to four films per year. In 1930, she appeared in Abschied, the first sound film produced by UFA (Universum Film).[2]

As a member of record of the Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnenangehöriger ("Guild of the German Stage"), she automatically became a member of arts groups which were strongly tied to Joseph Goebbels when the GDBA and similar organizations were forceably merged into the Reichsfilmkammer under Nazi Germany's nationalization of the film industry during the mid-1930s. In the lead-up to, and during, World War II, she then appeared in at least two films considered by historians to have been Nazi propaganda films, including: Frisians in Peril (released in 1935, re-released in 1941) and Die vier Musketiere.[3]

Selected filmography


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  1. "Gewährung von Rechtsschutz: Martha Ziegler gegen Landestheater Darmstadt" ("Grant of legal protection: Martha Ziegler against Landestheater Darmstadt"). Koblenz, Germany: Das Bundesarchiv, retrieved online July 1, 2018.
  2. Abschied. IMDB: Retrieved online July 1, 2018.
  3. Giesen, Rolf. Nazi Propaganda Films: A History and Filmography (1934). Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, United Kingdom: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2003.

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