Richter, Rotraut

BORN 15 May 1915, Berlin - DIED 1 Oct 1947, Berlin: Wilmersdorf
CAUSE OF DEATH complications of appendectomy
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Landeseigener Friedhof Dahlem, Königin-Luise-Straße 57 (Feld 10 (4 W-14) (Ehrengrab))

After Rotraut Richter was forced to leave her regular school in 1931 she took acting lessons at the Staatliche Schauspielschule in Berlin. During the following year she debuted in Darmstadt in "Die Ratten" by Gerhart Hauptmann. Soon she was back in Berlin, where performed at Stemmle's "Katakombe" and at Hesterbergs cabaret "Die Musenschaukel". At the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm she was in 450 performances of "Krach im Hinterhaus".

In 1932 producer Joe May took her to the movies and in that same year she was in "Das erste Recht des Kindes". Soon "Ganovenehre" (1932) and "Hitlerjunge Quex" followed. The film version of "Krach im Hinterhaus" (1935) made her famous and her best known movie was "Das Veilchen vom Potsdamer Platz" (1936).

The movie "Krach im Vorderhaus" was released in 1941, but during the war she wasn't allowed to make movies. She worked on the stage and toured to perform for the German troops. After the war she resumed her theatre career in Berlin. Among her last parts was that of Luca in "Helden" by George Bernard Shaw. In 1947 she had a part in the movie "Wozzeck", but during that same year she died of the complications of an operation, aged only 32.


The grave of Rotraut Richter at the Landeseigener Friedhof Dahlem, Berlin.
Picture by androom (24 Aug 2006)


Rotraut Richter.
Picture by Tobis


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
Rotraut Richter – Wikipedia
Lexikon: Richter, Rotraut

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Published: 01 Aug 2009
Last update: 25 Jan 2022