Heinrich George

Henry George (actually Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz, Georg Heinrich Schulz and Heinz Georg Schulz, born October 9, 1893 in Stettin, † September 25, 1946 in Special Camp Sachsenhausen ) was a German actor.


The son of a former deck officer left before graduation, the secondary school in Berlin and took acting lessons in Szczecin. In the summer of 1912 he made ​​his debut in Kolobrzeg as head waiter in the operetta The chaste Susanne by Jean Gilbert. After a further stage stations in Bydgoszcz and Neustrelitz he participated as a volunteer in the First World War and was severely wounded in the winter of 1915.

This was followed by employment in Dresden at the Albert Theatre (1917 /18), Frankfurt am Main at the Schauspielhaus ( 1918-1921 ) and 1921 at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1921 he made ​​his first film with the director Ludwig Berger. In the following years he became one of the most renowned actors of the Weimar Republic. He was a member of the VDSt Greifswald and was active in the Communist Party of Germany. He played under Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht. From the mid- 1920s he also appeared in popular roles as a film actor. In 1923 he founded with actors Elisabeth Bergner and Alexander Granach the actor theater to work as an artist independent can. From 1925 to 1929 he played mainly at the adult stage. In 1926, he starred in Fritz Lang's film Metropolis foreman of the Heart Machine. From 1926 to 1938 he performed regularly at the Heidelberg Festival. In 1929 he organized the Schauspielhaus am Gendarmenmarkt a historical memorial service for his friend and colleague Albert Steinrück, at the virtually all well-known actor from Berlin of that time, some in the smallest roles, participated. The aim of the event was to secure the descendants stone RESET by selling stone RESET paintings, which were exhibited to the theater, a livelihood.

After Hitler came to power Heinrich George was initially excluded from the game, arranged, however, with the Nazi regime and took an active role in the Nazi propaganda film and radio until 1945. He played with in various UFA films, including the Nazi propaganda films Hitler Youth Quex (1933 ) and Kolberg (1945 ) and the anti-Semitic propaganda film Jew Suss ( 1940). In 1937 he became the manager of the Schiller Theater of the capital city Berlin and took artists under contract, the " undesirable " were the Nazi regime, including the art historian Wilhelm Fraenger ( as a communist dismissed in 1933 in Heidelberg), the Catholic actor Robert Müller (according to the Nazi racial laws dismissed as a Jew ), the graphic artist Karl Rössing ( communist ) and his student Günther Strupp.

In 1933 he married the actress Berta Drews, with whom he had two sons, Jan ( * 1931) and Goetz ( b. 1938 ). Götz George is one of the most renowned German actor today.

In June 1945, Henry George was arrested after being denounced by the Soviet secret NKVD and first in Hohenschonhausen, then interned in the Soviet Special Camp No. 7 Sachsenhausen. There was once big man died completely exhausted on September 25, 1946, shortly before his 53rd birthday probably due to a famine edema, probably related to the effects of an operation for appendicitis.

The bones were in 1994, according to a fellow prisoner found in a wooded area in the Sachsenhausen and identified by a DNA comparison with his sons. His grave honor the city of Berlin is located on the municipal cemetery in Berlin -Zehlendorf in box 13


Films about Henry George

  • If they only allow me to play documentation, Germany, 1996, Director: Irmgard of the mills, Henry George at the Internet Movie Database (English)
  • This lousy bare life ( original title To wszawe Nagie zycie ), TV Film, Germany / Poland, 1998 Director: Hans -Christoph Blumenberg, Henry George at the Internet Movie Database (English)
  • George. Docudrama, Germany, 2013 Director: Joachim A. Lang, George at the Internet Movie Database (English)