Harry Giese

Harry Giese ( born March 2, 1903 in Magdeburg, † January 20, 1991 in Berlin) was a German actor and spokesman of newsreels in the Nazi era.


Harry Giese began with 18 years of his career as a stage actor. About the stations Magdeburg, Meiningen, Aachen and Hamburg came Giese in the 1930s to Berlin; here he played at the theater at Nollendorfplatz and the comedy house. Giese was involved in the first, yet carefully crafted film synchronizations these years. He was the German voice of John Boles, Franchot Tone, Robert Montgomery, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Loder. At the Tobis newsreel he founded at this time his career as a spokesman of news and documentaries.

After the war began, the newsreels were summarized in the German Empire in 1940 to the German newsreel. Harry Giese was the voice of the Nazi newsreel unit and has advanced to the " Greater German Speakers". From a day in the Bundesarchiv stored document showing that Hitler himself chose him for this activity. In addition, Giese lent his voice also tends films such as LAH in use ( = Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 1941 ) and the anti-Semitic propaganda film The Eternal Jew ( 1940).

The German newsreel was set with No. 755 of 22 March 1945. Giese was not occupied after the war with a prohibition. The Allied occupation authorities classified him in the denazification as a hanger, because he was not a Nazi party member. The end of 1947 he again worked as a voice actor in West Berlin.

Until the 1950s, Giese was more frequently heard in synchronizations. In The Spiral Staircase, 1948 synchronized, he said George Brent and I dance ' me in your heart into it, 1950 synchronized, he said Fred Astaire. Giese's work for the trailer for the anti-Nazi film To Be or Not to Be ( the European version of 1960) must be considered macabre irony. Meanwhile, director Ernst Lubitsch is defamed in The Eternal Jew by the name shall be derided as " German director " when greeting his arrival in the U.S. ( in December 1922).

Unsuccessful Harry Giese, spokesman for the 1950 launched the New German newsreel tried to be. His voice was still known at this time. Since he was now too old for his role compartment of the young lover, Giese could not continue his work with the stage. He was still in some commercials and documentaries with, such as The Golden Garden ( by Hans Domnick, 1953) and we saw with our eyes: Russia Today ( by Gerd Nickstadt, 1957). In Alfred Wickerman resistance Drama Canaris 1954 Giese was then listen again as speaker of the newsreel. In Rolf Thiele Friederike of barring (1956 ) can be heard in the role of Malte of barring his voice from the OFF position.

As his spokesman inserts were less worried his wife as Oberstudienrätin for the family income. Giese acquired in the 1960s, land in North Tyrol, but received no building permit. The orchid lovers was from 1950 to 1962 a group leader Orchid Society in West Berlin.

Harry Giese was later moved to more and more from the public back and fell into depression. He died in early 1991 at his home in Berlin -Zehlendorf.

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