Lotti Huber

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Lotti Huber

Lotti Huber , née Lotti Dora Goldmann (born October 16, 1912 in Kiel , † May 31, 1998 in Berlin ) was a German actress , singer , dancer and avant-garde artist .


Lotti Goldmann was born in Kiel in 1912 as the daughter of upper-class Jewish parents. She grew up with two brothers. Walter was two years older and Kurt, who later called himself Ruwen Golan, three years younger. She became interested in dance and theater early on and took appropriate lessons. With her childhood sweetheart Hillert Lueken, the son of the former mayor of Kiel Emil Lueken , she went to Berlin and lived with him there. Since Lotti was Jewish, Hillert Lueken was arrested and murdered by the National Socialists in 1937 for " racial disgrace ". She herself was deported to the Moringen concentration camp and, after its dissolution, to the Lichtenburg concentration camp. Through her brother Kurt's commitment, she was ransomed by an American organization in 1938. She went into exile via Switzerland and Italy to Haifa in Palestine .

She studied dance and pantomime and traveled the Middle East with her first husband, Alec Kingaby, a British officer . She worked as a dancer in night clubs and variety shows . Both settled in Cyprus and opened a hotel in Nicosia . After the divorce, Lotti moved to Kyrenia , a port city in northern Cyprus, and ran his own restaurant, "The Octopus". There she met her second husband Norman Huber (1910–1971), also a British officer, with whom she went to London in 1960 .

In 1965 her husband was transferred to the Federal Republic of Germany and Lotti Huber returned with him. The couple settled in Berlin. After the death of her husband, Huber had to get by with odd jobs. She translated romance novels from English, opened a manners school in her apartment, sold herbal liqueurs in department stores and worked as a film statistic.

With the semi-documentary film Affengeil. A journey through Lotti's life , directed by Rosa von Praunheim , made her known to a wider audience in 1990. In Praunheim's 1988 film Anita - Tänze des Vices about the nude dancer Anita Berber , she was involved in the script and took on one of the leading roles. Known through Praunheim's films, Huber performed solo programs until her death that combined biographical stories, dance, cabaret and chanson. In addition, until her death, she made a regular appearance on the Holger Waschsalon program on the Hessischer Rundfunk television program for several years . She was considered a star of the Berlin underground and had a large fan base, especially in the gay and lesbian scene. In the last few years until her death she worked with Thomas Nowotny as a musical accompanist. She also had a joint TV show with him on the Berlin city television TV-Berlin.

Lotti Huber is buried next to her husband Norman Edwin Huber in the Jewish cemetery in Heerstrasse in Berlin.

A senior citizens' facility in Kiel is named after her, the Lotti-Huber-Haus.




Sound carrier

  • Monkey horny! LP and CD, Navigator 1990
  • For you . CD, Yontown Rec. 1994
  • Good morning, boss! CD single, Yontown Rec. 1995

Audio book


  • Jutta Dick, Marina Sassenberg (ed.): Jewish women in the 19th and 20th centuries . Rowohlt, Reinbek 1993, ISBN 3-499-16344-6
  • Dieter Bachnick: Lotti Huber. Wisdom = heart + snout . Photo study. Scheer, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-9804297-0-9


  • Alexander Katt: Lotti! - The lemon returns A musical solo, world premiere on Lotti Huber's 100th birthday in 2012, Berlin, Theater O-TonArt, stage manuscript

Web links

Commons : Lotti Huber  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Home - Lotti Huber House. Retrieved October 30, 2018 (German).