Lutz Jahoda

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Lutz Jahoda (born June 18, 1927 in Brno , Czechoslovakia ) is a German actor , entertainer , singer and author who was particularly popular in the GDR .


Lutz Jahoda was born in Brno in 1927, where he completed an apprenticeship as a retail salesman, although his career aspiration was a journalist . As a minor actor he maintained contacts with a theater stage and in 1944 received his first speaking role at the Kammerspiele alongside Hilde Engel , Frank Elstner's mother , in the rhyming comedy Die goldene Eva . After the end of the Second World War , in August 1945, he met the Elstner family in Vienna , his mother's hometown. Lutz Jahoda took private acting lessons from Erich Elstner and Hilde Engel-Elstner. In 1946 he moved to Berlin with the Elstners and actually wanted to take up a reporter position in the editorial office of the night express . A role offer by the theater on Nollendorffplatz came before that. Jahoda now continued his acting training, supplemented by studying ballet in the Arne von Molander studio .


In 1947, Lutz Jahoda played leading roles in operetta at the Theater der Altmark in Stendal , making him the youngest operetta buffo in the German-speaking world. However, since he was not yet 21 years old and therefore not of legal age, Erich Elstner signed the first contract for him. Further stations were the Volkstheater Halberstadt , the Zimmertheater Garmisch-Partenkirchen and finally in 1955 the big city engagement at the Operettenhaus in Leipzig , from where first contacts with the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk were made as a singer and lyricist.

In 1955 Lutz Jahoda took part in the first series of television experiments at the DFF in Berlin-Adlershof, and since 1957 has worked as a freelance author, singer and actor for radio, television and record companies. The Friedrichstadtpalast Berlin engaged him several times, in 1961 he received his first leading role in a movie ( The Bewitched Fishing Village ) alongside Horst Drinda . In 1972, Jahoda started again as an entertainer - this time with his own television show, which he called Mit Lutz und Liebe , designed together with Heinz Quermann and overseen as an author, presenter and singer for ten years.

At the same time, he presented the TV series Der Wunschbriefkasten with Heidi Weigelt . With Heinz Quermann as editor of the TV series Spiel mir eine Alte Melodie and Jahoda as the author, a twelve-part Saturday evening show ran, this time live in the town hall of Karl-Marx-Stadt . Jahoda convinced as an actor in the role of the artistic director Leopold von Vrbata in the three-part TV series Farewell to Peace at the side of Angelica Domröse , Angelika Waller and Manfred Krug . He then took part in many radio plays, designed radio programs as an author and presenter and translated Czech songs into German on behalf of Prague record companies. Between 1986 and 1990 he was seen in four episodes in the TV series Three lovely sisters in a recurring role as Meinhard Seidenspinner.

After German reunification , he moderated a few major music programs until the mid-1990s and appeared irregularly in some television productions for Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) between 1995 and 2002 , worked as an author and presenter for the Berlin broadcaster Radio 50plus , but always withdrew more back into private life. In 2002, at the invitation of Artistic Director Heiko Reissig, he was a guest star and presenter at the newly founded " Elblandfestspiele Wittenberge " ( RBB television gala).


In 2001 he wrote his memoirs, Lutz im Glück and what else went wrong , and produced a CD under the title Die Welt only wants Show . In February 2007, his play " Fernsehkommissare haben's gut" ran almost every evening in the Dresden comedy . And in autumn 2009 his trilogy of novels Der Irrtum appeared - consisting of part 1: the beautiful was nothing but the beginning of the terrible , part 2: God's hut with the people and part 3: only the dead were allowed to stay - presented in a reading on 27. January 2010 in the auditorium of the Czech Embassy Berlin , moderated by Gisela Steineckert . The extensive history of the Vzor family shows the development in the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia between 1939 and 1945 and is intended both as a contribution to international understanding and as a reminder for the younger generation.

Jahoda is the regular author of the communist-socialist monthly RotFuchs .

Memberships and personal matters

Lutz Jahoda was chairman of the Paul-Nipkow-Teleclub e. V. , an association of former television employees of the DFF, who took care of the Adlershof estate and remembered 39 Adlershof television years with the exhibition "There was not only the Black Canal" - a presentation that attracted great public interest in museums and castles. The association ended its activities at the end of June 2009, but a creative group switched to the Friends of the Transmitter and Radio Technology Museum in Königs Wusterhausen , where the exhibits from what was once the largest television company in Europe found their final home.

In 2017, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, Lutz Jahoda was appointed as a full honorary member of the European Cultural Workshop (EKW) Berlin-Vienna at the suggestion of the Board of Trustees.

Lutz Jahoda's second son was Peter Jahoda (1952–1990), who also became an actor. He lives in his sixth marriage with his wife Eva, who is 44 years his junior, and their son Fabian, southeast of Berlin .

Filmography (selection)

Radio plays

  • 1978: Karel Čapek : Pocket Games (That guy) - Director: Joachim Staritz (radio drama - broadcast of the GDR )
  • 1985: Gerhard Rentzsch : May I go to Napoleon again? - Afternoon chats on Sankt Helena (Marchand) - Director: Joachim Staritz (radio play - Broadcasting of the GDR)
  • 1987: Michael Köhlmeier : Veltliner und Betrogen (Cheated) - Director: Joachim Staritz (radio play - Broadcasting of the GDR)
  • 1988: Rainer Koch: Honzas Traum (Pepik) - directed by Joachim Staritz - directed by Horst Liepach (radio play - radio of the GDR)
  • 1989: Fritz Rudolf Fries : Who shot Jules Verne - Director: Horst Liepach (radio play - Rundfunk der DDR)
  • 1990: Endre Vészi: One evening and the other (Pavlánszky) - Director: Peter Groeger (radio play - Funkhaus Berlin )
  • 1990: Valerie Radtke: My Big Letter (Father) - Director: Horst Liepach (radio play - Funkhaus Berlin )
  • 1991: Christoph Gahl: Marlens Clown (Marcel) - Director: Barbara Plensat (radio play - Funkhaus Berlin)
  • 1991: Margit Schreiner : Ships go down in the middle of the desert (travel agency employee) - Director: Götz Fritsch (radio play - Funkhaus Berlin)
  • 1993: James Thurber : A moon for Princess Leonore (magician) - Director: Walter Niklaus (radio play - MDR )
  • 1994: Gianni Rodari : The Secret of Voices (Anselmo) - Director: Christoph Dietrich (radio play - MDR)


  • 1973: With lust and love. Henschelverlag, Berlin
  • 2001: Lutz in luck and whatever else went wrong. (Autobiography, with a foreword by Frank Elstner), Verlag Das Neue Berlin, ISBN 3-360-00961 4 .
  • 2007: TV commissioners are doing well. Comedy, world premiere February 2, 2007 in the Dresden Comedy.
  • 2009: the mistake. (Romantic trilogy), Verlag Edition Lithaus, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-939305-02-6 .
  • 2010: TV commissioners are doing well. (Revised as a novel), Verlag Edition Lithaus, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-939305-72-9 .
  • 2012: Up & Down. Verlag Edition Lithaus, Berlin, ISBN 978-3939305750 .
  • 2017: Funny is different. Books On Demand publishing house, Norderstedt, ISBN 978-3744837668 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Museum newspaper of the International Artisten Museum Klosterfelde, issue 8, 2010; ed. from the friends' association of the museum. Here: Lutz Jahoda - TV favorite and author , p. 8
  2. Peter Jahoda biography at; accessed on April 28, 2020.