Franziska Kinz

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Franziska Amalia Kinz (born February 21, 1897 in Kufstein , † April 26, 1980 in Meran ) was an Austrian actress .


She first attended a commercial school and came to Berlin, Vienna and Heidelberg as part of her training before she decided to become an actor. Kinz received four months of acting lessons at the theater school of the Münchner Kammerspiele with Friedrich Basil and made her debut in 1924 as Gretchen in Faust at the Stadttheater Zürich . In the same year she received an engagement at the State Theater in Munich.

In 1926 she made a guest appearance in New York. Further stage stations were the State Theater Berlin and in 1930 the State Theater Darmstadt. In 1933 she moved to Berlin permanently, where she appeared at the Berliner Kammerspiele, the Schillertheater and the Deutsches Theater . Guest performances have taken her to Vienna and Munich.

Franziska Kinz has been involved in feature films since the early thirties, where she embodied mostly down-to-earth, unshakable female characters. She was the title character as a mother in love in Frau Sixta (1938), an understanding stepmother in From First Marriage (1939) and a self-sacrificing single mother in the title role of The Waitress Anna (1941).

Until 1933 Franziska Kinz was in a relationship with the SPD member of the Reichstag (1930–1933) Carlo Mierendorff , who was arrested after the National Socialist seizure of power (so-called seizure of power ) and until 1938 'brought' to various concentration camps. Ms. Kinz, together with Emil Henk , Gerhart Pohl , Hella Jablonski and others, campaigned for Mierendorff's release from the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1938 for years - but nevertheless married the association official, journalist, book and film author Karl, who was close to the regime -Heinz Kaesbach (* 1908). The tragic drama of the relationship between Kinz and Mierendorff was encoded as a secondary line in the main plot of the Pohl novel "Fluchtburg", which was first published in 1955 (and was later partially clarified in the Carlo Mierendorff biography (1987) by Richard Albrecht : The militant social democrat Carlo Mierendorff 1897 to 1943 , Dietz, Berlin 1987 (= Internationale Bibliothek Bd. 124) ( ISBN 3-8012-1128-2 ); 1997 under the title alias Dr. Friedrich: Carlo Mierendorf - a temporary life filmed by Alfred Jungraithmayr ).

Franziska Kinz (Kaesbach) had also shown her loyalty to the new government as early as 1933 through her participation in the propaganda films Refugees and Hitler Youth Quex .

After the war she was able to continue her film career and developed intensive theater work with appearances in Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Frankfurt, among others. The convinced vegetarian was committed to animal welfare, supported the construction of an animal shelter in Innsbruck and was temporarily president of the Animal Welfare League. She made part of her family property in Tyrol available for the construction of a model settlement, where old people could spend their old age with their animals. She also wrote texts on healthy eating and living.


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  1. according to IMDb : March 21
  2. ^ Karl-Heinz Kaesbach . In: Der Spiegel . No. 39 , 1959 ( online ).
  3. Out of shame . In: Der Spiegel . No. 14 , 1962 ( online ).