Alfred Braun

Alfred Brown ( May 3, 1888 in Berlin, † January 3, 1978 ) was a pioneer of German broadcasting. Brown became famous, among other things as a radio reporter and radio drama. He was also an actor, director of stage and film, and screenwriter.


Alfred Brown was a student of Max Reinhardt and received in 1907 his first engagement as an actor at Berlin's Schiller Theater. From November 1924 Brauns activity began to radio, first as a spokesman and later as the director of the radio - hour Berlin, the first radio station in Germany. Received in the history of broadcasting are his live reports from the funeral of Foreign Minister Gustav Stresemann (6 October 1929) and the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Thomas Mann (10 December 1929).

Until 1933 he was head of the drama department of radio - hour Berlin. Again and again he took himself and film roles. The coming to power of the Nazis ended in 1933 provisionally Braun's fate. He was detained temporarily and went after his release on Turkey to Switzerland. There he worked as a drama teacher and was in the season 1937/38, a director at the Stadttheater Basel. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, he returned to Germany and was 1940 Veit Harlan assistant director for its anti-Semitic inflammatory film Jew Suss. In 1941, he acted as spokesman for the flyer advertising the film Himmelsstürmer and wrote afterwards for Harlan the screenplays for the films The Golden City, sacrifice, Immensee and Kolberg.

After the war, Alfred Braun had success as a radio drama director and from 1949 as a film director, including in 1953 with the Zarah Leander film Ave Maria. His productions have a strong emotional character, as he was often in the West German film of the 1950s. In the biopic Stresemann Brown devoted himself anew to the Reich Foreign Minister Gustav Stresemann.

In 1954 he was elected as the first director of the newly founded Sender Freies Berlin. Alfred Braun is located in the cemetery army in Berlin- Charlottenburg buried. His daughter is actress Etta Brown ( b. 1928 ).


  • Voices of the 20th century: the sound of the twenties. Prod: . DHM / DRA, 2004 ( The audio CD contains Brauns radio reports from the year 1929. )
  • William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet with Klaus Kinski. Director: Alfred Brown. Prod: Berliner Rundfunk, 1949.



On Iburger shore beside the River Spree in the district Berlin -Charlottenburg is a monument Spree The binoculars, which was designed by artist Gertrud Bergmann and honors the " first radio announcer " of Germany. The designation of the monument recalls a supervised by Alfred Brown the SFB program, which was later published as a book.