Camilla Spira

The actress Camilla Spira was born in Hamburg in 1906 and was active both in theatre and in films. After the Nazis seized power, the half-Jewish actress, who had already appeared at theatres such as the Großes Schauspielhaus, spent several years of her life in exile in the Netherlands. After the Second World War, she settled in West Berlin and took on a range of film and theatre roles, which made her famous in both the West and the East of Germany, including the role of Hildegard Schramm in Wolfgang Staudte’s feature film "Roses for the Prosecutor" and Lenchen Knesebeck in Harald Braun’s "The Last Man". During her lifetime, Spira, who died in Berlin in 1997, was awarded the Federal Republic of Germany’s Cross of Merit and the National Prize of the GDR for her acting career.

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