Jan Fethke first attended the classical grammar school in Opole and later lived in Bromberg . In 1923 and 1924 he studied at the Technical University of Danzig and worked for a local newspaper. Then he moved to Berlin.
In 1919 Jan Fethke, like his brothers Stefan and Edmund, learned the international language Esperanto . In 1922 he became editor of the magazine Esperanto Triumfonta (about: Esperanto on the way to triumph ). He dubbed the film Tomorrow begins the life of Werner Hochbaum in Esperanto and showed it under the title Morgaŭ ni komencos la vivon at the 26th World Esperanto Congress in Stockholm in 1934 .
At the age of 18 Jan Fethke wrote his first German-language detective novel The Stuffed Parrot.
From 1923 he published his novels in Esperanto, which he published under the pseudonym Jean Forge: Abismoj (Abysses) (1923), Saltego trans jarmiloj (Jump over millennia) (1924) and Mr. Tot aĉetas mil okulojn (1931). This was his greatest achievement. The book was translated into several languages and published in 1960 by Fritz Lang under the title Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse filmed.
In Berlin, Jan Fethke became an assistant director and screenwriter at UFA , among others under Fritz Lang. After the Second World War he became known as a film director in Poland . In 1960 he went to Berlin (West).
- Jean Forge: Abismoj , Leipzig: Hirt, 1923, 149 pages.
- Jean Forge: Saltego trans jarmiloj , Leipzig: Hirt / Den Haag: Internacia Cseh-Instituto de Esperanto, 1924, 192 pages.
- Jean Forge: Mr. Tot aĉetas mil okulojn , Budapest: Literatura Mondo, 1931 (1st edition) / 1934 (2nd edition), 242 pages. German translation: Mr. Tott buys 1000 eyes , Leipzig: Goldmann, 1932, 249 pages.
- Jean Forge: La verda raketo , Copenhagen: Koko, 1961, 149 pages.
- Jean Forge: Mia verda breviero , Helsinki: Fondumo Esperanto, 1974 (= Serio Forge 5), 265 pages.
- Mother Krausens drive into happiness with Alexandra Schmitt , Holmes Zimmermann , Ilse Trautschold a . a., director: Phil Jutzi , screenplay: Jan Fethke, 1929.
- Beyond the street with Lissy Arna , Friedrich Gnaß , Paul Rehkopf , Fritz Genschow , Siegfried Arno and Margarete Kupfer , director: Leo Mittler , script: Jan Fethke and Willy Döll , 1929.
- It's nice to be in love with Herbert Ernst Groh , Erich Kestin , Theo Lingen and others. a., director: Walter Janssen , screenplay: Jan Fethke, 1933/34.
- Quadrille d'amour , directed by Richard Eichberg and Germain Fried , screenplay: Jan Fethke, 1933/34.
- Petersburg nights. Waltz on the Neva with Paul Hörbiger , Theo Lingen a. a., director: EW Emo , screenplay: Jan Fethke, 1934.
- Carlos's most beautiful adventure with Carlo Aldini , Paul Ceblin a . a., director: Phil Jutzi, screenplay: Jan Fethke, 1934.
- Zapomniana melodia (The Forgotten Melodie) , directed by Jan Fethke and Konrad Tom , 1938.
- Złota Maska with Lidia Wysocka , Aleksander Żabczyński , Władysław Walter , Mieczysława Ćwiklińska , screenplay and director: Jan Fethke, 1939/1940
- Bravo, little Thomas , directed by Jan Fethke, 1943/44.
- Ulica Graniczna ( The Border Road ) , directed by Aleksander Ford , 1948.
- Załoga (Young Sailors) with Ryszard Piekarski , Zdzisław Skowroński , Bohdan Ejmont , Tadeusz Łomnicki , Władysław Walter u. a., director: Jan Fethke, screenplay: Jan Rojewski , 1951.
- Sprawa do załatwienia (That should be settled) , directed by Jan Rybkowski , 1953.
- Irena do domu! (Irene, stay at home) with Lidia Wysocka , Adolf Dymsza and others, directed by Jan Fethke, 1955.
- Milcząca gwiazda ( The Silent Star ) with Yoko Tani , Oldřich Lukeš , Ignacy Machowski , Juliusz Ongewe , Michail Postnikow , Kurt Rackelmann , Günther Simon , Tang-Hua-ta , Lucyna Winnicka and Ruth Maria Kubitschek , based on the book Planet of Death by Stanisław Lem , director: Kurt Maetzig , screenplay: Jan Fethke u. a., 1960.
- Literature by and about Jan Fethke in the catalog of the German National Library
- Jan Fethke in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Works by and about Jan Fethke in the ONB's collection for planned languages
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Fethke, Johannes; Forge, Jean (pseudonym)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German-Polish film director, screenwriter and Esperanto writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 26, 1903|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Opole|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 16, 1980|
|Place of death||Berlin|