Spira addressing the Alexanderplatz demonstration in 1989.
|Born||2 June 1908|
|Died||10 May 1995 86) (aged|
|Occupation||Film and stage actress|
|Years active||1929–1992 (film)|
Following the Nazi takeover of power, she fled into exile. After being interned by the French government at the Camp de Rieucros, she escaped to Mexico. Spira returned to Europe in 1947 and settled in East Germany. She became a leading stage actor at the Volksbühne and appeared frequently in East German film and television productions.
In 1989, Spira was a speaker at the large Alexanderplatz demonstration calling for the current East German government to step down.
- Edwards, Lee. The Collapse of Communism. Hoover Press, 2000.