Steffie Spira

Steffie Spira (2 June 1908 – 10 May 1995) was an Austrian-born German stage, film and television actress. Spira was the daughter of actors Fritz and Lotte Spira. Her sister was actress Camilla Spira.

Steffie Spira
Spira addressing the Alexanderplatz demonstration in 1989.
Born2 June 1908
Died10 May 1995 (1995-05-11) (aged 86)
OccupationFilm and stage actress
Years active1929–1992 (film)

Her father was of Jewish descent, and died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Spira became a theatre actress during the Weimar Republic, and joined the German Communist Party in 1929.

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.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. Edwards pp. 18-19
  2. Video in YouTube minute 4:08-4:50


  • Edwards, Lee. The Collapse of Communism. Hoover Press, 2000.

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