Curt Trepte

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Curt Trepte (born August 12, 1902 in Eisenberg-Moritzburg , † April 19, 1990 in Berlin ) was a German actor , director and artistic director .


Curt Trepte was born in Moritzburg in 1902 as the son of a carpenter and attended secondary school up to primary school . After attending the State Building School for Civil Engineering, he studied at the Dresden State Theater from 1923 to 1924 , where he immediately received his first engagement. From 1924 to 1930 Curt Trepte played on various stages of the bourgeois theater until he came to the Piscator stage in Berlin in 1930 . Here he joined the 1931 troop in 1931 , which consisted primarily of residents of the Berlin- Wilmersdorf artists' colony and which was immediately banned by the National Socialists in 1933. Because of his communist worldview, he also had to leave Germany.

While emigrating to the Soviet Union via Paris, he traveled through the Soviet Union with the touring theater Kolonne Links . In Dnepropetrowsk he directed a German-language kolkhostheater and later played under Maxim Vallentin at the Volga German State Theater in Engels . In 1935 he was divorced from his wife Luisrose Fournes , with whom he had a son. From 1938 he moved his exile to Sweden. His name is associated with the activities of the Västerås Workers' Theater and the Stockholm Free Stage. Curt Trepte was also an editor in Sweden for the German-language weekly newspaper "Die Politik Information", a member of the National Committee for Free Germany, was part of the management of the Free German Cultural Association and participated in radio broadcasts to Germany.

After his return to the Soviet occupation zone in May 1946, after temporarily working in the radio drama department of the Berlin radio and as a radio director in Schwerin (October 1946), he was part of the reconstruction collective of the Volksbühne ensemble. He arranged for Nelly Sachs to publish her poems and their translations at Aufbau-Verlag in 1947. He then worked at the then House of Culture of the Soviet Union from 1948 , worked as an actor, dramaturge and director in Leipzig from 1951 and was then from 1953 until 1963 as artistic director at the Stadttheater Quedlinburg and at the Harzer Bergtheater . From 1963 the member of the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) devoted himself mainly to his research as a theater historian, presented numerous publications on theater in exile and portrayed the anti-fascist actors Hans Otto and Heinrich Greif . From 1961 to 1963 he was Erich Franz's successor for the German Cultural Association and a member of the People's Chamber of the GDR.

During his work he created 241 roles and arranged 46 productions. He was the author and editor of various books such as the Hans-Otto-Buch , Heinrich Greif , Harzer Bergtheater , several theater writings and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. In January 1968 he handed over his private archive to the German Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

The burial took place on May 22, 1990 at the Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery in Berlin.

Filmography (selection)

Theater: actors

Theater: director


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nelly Sachs' Poesie , in: Dieter Sevin Die Resonanz des Exils , Rodopi 1992, pp. 271ff
  2. Neues Deutschland from November 25, 1972, p. 16
  3. Neues Deutschland from August 13, 1977, p. 4
  4. Neues Deutschland, August 11, 1982, p. 4
  5. Neue Zeit of August 12, 1982, p. 4
  6. Neue Zeit of August 12, 1987, p. 4
  7. ^ New Germany of August 17, 1962, p. 5
  8. Neue Zeit of October 6, 1962, p. 4
  9. Berliner Zeitung of June 11, 1976, p. 2
  10. Neues Deutschland from June 28, 1977, p. 5
  11. ^ Goldenes Buch der Stadt Reichenbach, research by the city archive
  12. ^ New Germany of April 24, 1990, p. 4
  13. Berliner Zeitung of November 13, 1985, p. 2
  14. Berliner Zeitung of October 6, 1987, p. 4