Beer, Rudolf

BORN 22 Aug 1885, Graz, Steiermark - DIED 9 May 1938, Wien: Lerchenfeldergürtel
CAUSE OF DEATH suicide by gassing
GRAVE LOCATION Graz, Steiermark: Grazer Zentralfriedhof, Triesterstrasse 164 (Feld 16d III 1 )

Rudolf Beer was the son of the notary Albert Beer. He studied law at Graz University and graduated in 1909. He also took acting lessons at the Reinhardt-Seminar in Berlin in 1908 and worked at the theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna.

He was in charge of the City Theatre of Brünn (now Brno) from 1918 to 1921. From 1921 to 1924 he managed the Raimund-Theater in Vienna and from 1924 to 1932 the Volksthater in Vienna. In 1932 he succeeded Max Reinhardt as the director of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. After the nazis came to power he returned to Ausatria because he was Jewish. From 1933 to 1838 he was the manager of the Scala in Vienna. He brought work from modern authors like Frank Wedekind, Franz Csoker, George Kaiser and Ferdinand Bruckner to the stage.

After the annexation of Austria by Germany he was taken from his box by Erik Frey and Robert Valberg during a performance of Calderóns "Der Richter von Zalamea". Instead of being taken for questioning he was mistreated severely by nazis and thrown from the car in the Vienna Woods. Shortly afterwards he killed himself at home in his apartment by gassing.

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The grave of Rudolf Beer at the Zantralfriedhof, Graz.
Picture by Androom (09 Aug 2018)


Wikipedia (DE)

Beer, Wilhelm

Published: 29 Aug 2021
Last update: 22 Jul 2022