|AUTHOR, SCREENWRITER (GERMANY)|
BORN 24 Nov 1928, Berlin - DIED 11 Mar 2004, Kleinmachnow, Brandenburg|
GRAVE LOCATION Kleinmachnow (near Berlin), Brandenburg: Waldfriedhof Kleinmachnow
Gerhard Bengsch started his career after the Second World War as reporter and editor at the Berliner Zeitung. In the early 1950s he published his first stories and he wrote the novel "Institut Bodelsang unter Mordverdacht". In 1954 the Bulgarian director Stefan Dudow invited him to cooperate on the screenplay for his movie "Frauenschicksale". After this he wrote the screenplays for several DEFA movies and television productions. In 1968 "Irrlicht und Feuer" was broadcasted in West Germany. On 7 June 1979 in East Berlin he voted in favour of expelling several authors from the writers' association of the DDR because they resisted censorship.
Shortly before the unification of Germany he used the pseudonyms Renate Gaerber and Gerhard B. Wenzel for West German productions. He also wrote "Grüß Gott, Genosse" (1993), a comedy about the reunification. In his later years he mostly concentrated on his writing activitites. In 1997 the satirical "Herr Minister läßt grüßen" was published. His last work was "Unterlassene Hilfeleistung - Zwei Kriminalfälle" (2004). He died in 2004 in Kleinmachnow.
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