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Werner Krauss
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Actor
    (June 23, 1884-October 20, 1959)
    Born in Gestungshausen, Germany
    Portrayed the title role in ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ (1921)
    Also appeared in the films ‘Tales of Hoffman’ (1916), ‘A Night of Horror’ (1917), ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ (1920), ‘Lady Hamilton’ (1921), ‘Othello’ (1922), ‘The Merchant of Venice’ (1923), ‘Waxworks’ (1924), ‘Napoleon at Saint Helena’ (1929), ‘Robert Koch’ (1939), ‘Jud Süss’ (1940), ‘Paracelsus’ (1943), ‘The Falling Star’ (1950), and ‘Son without a Home’ (1955)
    He usually played sinister villains.
    He was an unabashed anti-Semite and supporter of the Nazi Party and its ideology.
    Joseph Goebbels named him vice-president of the theater division of the Reich Chamber of Culture (1933).
    He portrayed six Jewish stereotypes in the anti-Semitic propaganda film ‘Jud Süss.’
    Asked by another actor about the effect of the film, he replied, ‘That’s no concern of mine. I’m an actor.’
    He attended teacher’s college, until he was expelled for working as an extra on stage.
    He underwent a de-Nazification program (1947-48).
    Oskar Werner chose his last name to honor Krauss.

Credit: C. Fishel


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