Hiebel, Henriette Margaretha (La Jana)

ACTOR, DANCER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 24 Feb 1905, Mauer (near Wien) - DIED 13 Mar 1940, Berlin: Krankenhaus in der Landhausstrasse 33/35, Wilmersdorf
REAL NAME Hiebel, Henriette Margaretha
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Hüttenweg 47, Steglitz-Zehlendorf (Feld 007-319 (Abt. 22 B 97) (grave cleared, new stone with medal from original grave))

Known as 'La Jana'. When she was two years old her family moved to Frankfurt am Main. At eight she was already dancing. She performed at cabarets in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and London and featured in many movies. According to Géza von Cziffra (who knew her well) crown prince Wilhelm was one of her lovers. In 1934 she toured in England and Scotland. By the time she returned to Germany she was very famous.

After she refused to go herself, Goebbels sent her on tour for the Wehrmacht in 1939/1940. It was a cold winter and she wore little clothes on the stage. This resulted in a double pneumonia from which she died on March 13, 1940 in a hospital in Berlin. After her death her last movie "Stern von Rio" was released.

A lot happened after her death. In 1954 a person appeared who claimed to be La Jana's son. After Anny Bittlinski, La Jana's sister, denied his story he was charged with forgery and fraud. There was also a story that La Jana helped Jews escape from Germany. The SS would have killed her for this and the pneumonia story would have been invented to conceal the murder.

Following a disagreement about the costs after the war, her family didn't pay for her grave at the Waldfriedhof Dahlem in Berlin anymore and it was cleared. The medal from her grave was preserved at the Heimatsmuseum in Berlin-Steglitz. In 1985 a new stone was erected and the original medal was placed on it.

Related persons
• was the lover of Chaplin, Charles Spencer

Sources
Baedeker Berlin, Baedeker Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994
• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
La Jana - Ihr Leben - Tänzerin Betörerin Göttin der Filmkunst

Images

The grave of La Jana (Henny Hiebel) at the Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Berlin. The grave was cleared, but in later years a new stone was erected with the original medal on it.
Picture by Androom (17 Jul 2005)

 

The grave of La Jana (Henny Hiebel) at the Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Berlin. The grave was cleared, but in later years a new stone was erected with the original medal on it.
Picture by Androom (17 Jul 2005)

 

La Jana.
 


Hilbert, David

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 16 Feb 2009