Alexandra (singer)

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Alexandra, 1969

Alexandra (actually Doris Nefedov; * May 19, 1942 as Doris Wally Treitz in Heydekrug ; † July 31, 1969 in Tellingstedt ) was a German singer . She became known in the mid-1960s with songs like Mein Freund, der Baum , Sehnsucht and Zigeunerjunge.


Doris Treitz's entry in the poetry album of a classmate on March 7, 1956. The drawing on the left is also from her

She was born in Heydekrug in 1942 as the last of three daughters of August Treitz and Wally Margarete Swetosch . After the evacuation of Memelland in 1944 and the subsequent escape from the Red Army , her family first came to Saxony and then to Kiel . There she attended elementary school and then the Ricarda Huch School , then a girls' high school . The artistically talented girl taught herself to play the guitar at an early age, received piano lessons and began to write her own songs and poems. In 1962, she took part in the Miss Germany election and finished ninth.

At seventeen she wanted to work as a fashion designer . Two years before graduating from high school, she dropped out of school and began studying graphics at the Muthesius Werkkunstschule . During this time she had several odd jobs, including as a secretary, typist and housekeeper. In 1961 she moved to Hamburg-Rothenburgsort with her divorced mother and sister and attended the master school for fashion . She met Nikolai Nefedov (1912–1989), a Russian emigrant who was 30 years her senior and who was sublet with them. They married that same year. Then she wanted to emigrate to the USA with Nefedov . She gave birth to their son Alexander on June 26, 1963. After the breakdown of the marriage, she took on the stage name Alexandra , based on the name of her son .

Alexandra tried to finish her studies and worked as a draftsman on the side . After graduating from the Margot-Höpfner - drama school in Hamburg , she received an engagement at a theater in Neumünster and took singing lessons. She briefly sang in 1965 with the City Preachers . Soon afterwards the record producer Fred Weyrich became aware of the singer's deep voice. Alexandra became a star under the management of Hans R. Beierlein ; With its melancholy songs and appearance, it fitted in well with a format that the German hit industry had not yet marketed: Russia. With the orchestra Hazy Osterwald followed the first tours across the Federal Republic of Germany and in 1967 also through the Soviet Union .

The breakthrough came at the age of 25: She was able to record her first two successes Gypsy Boy (composed by Hans Blum ) and Sehnsucht (Rudi Bauer / Fred Weyrich) in the hit parades. Originally it was planned to release the hit masked ball as a second single. But then you have decided on longing . The song Maskenball fell into oblivion and was brought out in 2010 by Hans Blum, who wrote this song, after a revision to the current sound level. As a result, the MDR often played this lost hit in its music programs. But the songs, which were tailored to her image, did not satisfy the singer and composer Alexandra; she wanted to sing more than just Slavic-folk-oriented hits. The multilingual Alexandra found contact with French-speaking chansonniers such as Salvatore Adamo , Gilbert Bécaud and Yves Montand .

She traveled to Brazil to work with the musician and singer Antônio Carlos Jobim (including The Girl from Ipanema ). The photographer , cameraman and director Truck Branss filmed the trips for the ARD show Alexandra: A Portrait in Music (1969). Back in Germany, a close friendship and collaboration arose with Udo Jürgens . At the beginning of 1969 Alexandra left Hamburg and moved to Munich - Nymphenburg . Here she got engaged to Pierre Lafaire in 1969.


Memorial stone at the accident site in Tellingstedt
Alexandra's grave in the Westfriedhof in Munich (grave location: 101-A-81)

On July 31, 1969, Alexandra went on vacation with her son and mother in her Mercedes 220 S Coupé from Hamburg to Sylt . In Tellingstedt she reached the intersection with the federal highway 203 , which she wanted to cross, on highway 149 . A truck with right of way drove into the right side of her car and pushed it more than 20 meters into the ditch. Her vehicle was badly damaged and Alexandra died at the scene of the accident. Her mother died a little later in the hospital. The six-year-old son Alexander, sleeping in the back seat, was only slightly injured. Alexandra was buried under her stage name in the Westfriedhof in Munich.

The accident intersection in Tellingstedt no longer exists today. It was structurally abolished and the road has since been led about 100 meters further west by means of a bridge over the B 203 .



The Berlin director and dramaturge Marc Boettcher published a biography of Alexandra in 1999, in which he also investigated the allegedly unresolved question of death. During his research Boettcher was allegedly threatened several times by strangers. In the same year his documentary Alexandra - the legend of a singer was broadcast. In 2004 he went public with new research results and the announcement that the death investigation would be reopened. Boettcher found out from the Stasi files of the Birthler authorities that Pierre Lafaire, Alexandra's lover, worked as a US secret agent and was already married in Denmark despite the engagement to Alexandra.

Pieces about Alexandra

In July 2011, the revue Zigeunerjunge premiered at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg . Many German hits like Alexandra's eponymous song are incorporated into the piece. The musical Kiel Alexandraplatz by Peter Schanz was supposed to be premiered on November 26, 2011 at the Kiel Theater, but it was removed from the program and postponed indefinitely. On October 15, 2011, the premiere of the play Alexandra by Michael Kunze took place in Berlin's Schlosspark Theater . Jasmin Wagner plays the main role . In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a chanson play by Lars Wernecke with the title Illusionen - Alexandra's life with Jannike Schubert as Alexandra and Franz Fischer at the piano was performed at the Eisenach State Theater.


In 2003, the Alexandra Friends Association was founded in Würzburg. V. founded with the aim of preserving their musical heritage. In addition to caring for the grave, events with live performances of Alexandra songs by club singers are held. The club is supported by Alexandra's son Alexander (Sascha) Nefedov-Skovitan and relatives of the singer. Alexandra's son was director of the Ural Cossack Choir until 2008 .

Alexandraplatz, Kiel-Ravensberg

In 2006, in the Hamburg district of Hamburg-Rothenburgsort , where the singer lived from 1961 to 1969, a path was named after her (Alexandra-Stieg) . A memorial plaque was unveiled in 2016 in the entrance area of ​​the residential building at Rothenburgsorter Marktplatz 5, commemorating the singer.

In 2009, the area between Knooper Weg, Franckestraße and Olshausenstraße was given the name Alexandraplatz near her previous apartment in Kiel . In 2011, a bronze plaque with a photo was unveiled in her birthplace on a building in the Pusele kindergarten, where Alexandra's family lived.

In Hamburg there is an association Alexandra-Freunde e. V., who looks after an archive.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sources
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1967 Premiere with Alexandra DE20 (12 weeks)
- -
First published: June 6, 1967
1968 Alexandra
also known as: dreams ... illusions ...
DE19 (20 weeks)
- -
First published: December 5, 1968

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year

Songs (selection)

  • Accordion (French version: Accordéon) (1967)
  • Everything will pass (1967)
  • At the great river (Amirchanjan) (1968)
  • On the way to Odessa (1968)
  • Out! (1967)
  • Belaja Akazija (White Acacia) (1969)
  • The fire of the gypsies (unpublished)
  • Happiness came to me like a dream (1970)
  • The fairy tale of a spring night (unpublished)
  • The great clown (1968)
  • The dream of flying (1968)
  • The others were to blame (French version: La Faute du Monde entier)
  • The White Nights of Leningrad (unpublished)
  • The tenderness (French version: La tendresse) (1968)
  • Dark Sea of ​​Clouds (1968)
  • An Empty House (1967)
  • El Vito (1970)
  • Erev shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) (1970)
  • First Dawn (1969)
  • Once upon a time there was a fisherman (1970)
  • The fog is gray (Tombe la Neige) (1968)
  • Come in (1968)
  • I expect you (French version: Je t'attends)
  • I drink Tschai (1968)
  • Illusions (1968)
  • On the sixth floor (1968)
  • Ja lubljú tebjá (I love you) (1968)
  • Janos von der Puszta (1967)
  • Childhood (unpublished)
  • Little Anuschka (1970)
  • Sounds music in the Caucasus (1969)
  • Masked ball (produced in 1968, released in 2010 after a sound revision)
  • My Friend the Tree (1968)
  • My child, fall asleep (1966)
  • Moscow, Moscow (1968)
  • Just for a summer (unreleased)
  • O Dusha, Dusha (1968)
  • Tell me what you think (1967)
  • Don't Say Goodbye (1967)
  • Black Balalaika (1968)
  • Black Angels (1969)
  • Sehnsucht / Das Lied der Taiga (French version: La taïga) (1968)
  • Solenzara (French version: Solenzara) (1968)
  • Dance, old dancing bear (1968)
  • Those Were the Days (1968)
  • The Guns and the Drums (1969)
  • Waltz of Summer (1967)
  • Why (English version: Every Day Is Just The Same) (1967)
  • What is the goal? (Les ballons rouges) (1968)
  • What kind of people are we humans (1969)
  • You know what? (1969)
  • When the Purple Asters Bloom (1968)
  • Wild is the Land (1966)
  • Wind, Wind (1970)
  • Gypsy boy (French version: Tsigane) (1967)
  • Two guitars (English version: Golden Earrings / French version: Ma Guitare) (1967)

Television appearances



  • Marc Boettcher: Alexandra - the legend of a singer. Their life - their songs - their death . Parthas Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-936324-10-7 .

Web links

Commons : Alexandra  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Local family book Memelland - family report August Treitz. In: Verein für Computergenealogie e. V. October 26, 2008, accessed December 29, 2008 .
  2. Dainoras Lukas: Hamburgo gatvei - lietuvių Kilmez atlikėjos vardas. In: Kauno Diena. May 19, 2007, Retrieved December 29, 2008 (Lithuanian).
  3. Dirk Jennert: Homage to a fellow student who has become famous. In: Schleswig-Holstein newspaper publisher. May 15, 2008, accessed December 29, 2008 .
  4. Martin Böttcher: The voice is deep and smoky, the songs are melancholy. In: Deutschlandfunk Kultur , May 19, 2012.
  5. Alexandra - Biography at Universal Music.
  6. Grave site at the Westfriedhof Munich on, accessed on August 29, 2018
  7. dpa : "Kiel Alexandraplatz" is reminiscent of a pop singer. On March 7, 2011 at: .
  8. .
  9. ILLUSIONS - ALEXANDRAS LEBEN ,, accessed on June 27, 2017
  10. Christoph Jürgensen: Alexandra's place is in Kiel ( Memento from May 22, 2009 in the Internet Archive ). On May 19, 2009 at: .
  11. When the diplomat picked up the guitar. (PDF; 3.7 MB) The memorial plaque of the “Alexandra Friends” unveiled at the singer's birthplace in Heydekrug. In: Preussische Allgemeine Zeitung / episode 38-11. September 24, 2011, p. 13 , accessed June 3, 2016 .
  12. Alexandra Doris Nefedov. The voice of longing.

Friedrich Ebert - Birth of a Republic ( cameo ) ZDF - August 1, 1969 (imdb)