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Fritz Grünbaum

Foto: Yva (1900-1944)

1880 - 1941

The actor Fritz Grünbaum was well-known as a sharp-tongued cabaret artist in the first place. Even in the years of the National Socialism he wasn't afraid of going for the actual rulers.

After a study as a lawyer from 1899 to 1903 he turned to the cabaret where he appeared at the Vienna "Die Hölle" from 1906. In the following years he was very successful as a cabaret artist in Vienna as well as Berlin.

When he met his colleague Karl Farkas at the Vienna cabaret "Simplicissimus" in 1921, it arose a fruitful cooperation. They were very successful with their "Doppelconference".
Besides his appearances in cabarets Fritz Grünbaum was also active as a writer for operettas, revues and tunes.

The eloquent artist was spotted for the talkies at the beginning of the 30's. He took part in the movies "Arm wie eine Kirchenmaus" (31), "Meine Frau, die Hochstaplerin" (31), "Mensch ohne Namen" (32) and "Einmal möcht' ich keine Sorgen haben" (32) and was often responsible for the amusing part.

The Jew Fritz Grünbaum observed the rise of the National Socialists very critical and made fun of them on the stage. But the Nazis had already noticed him on their list. Fritz Grünbaum tried to make off to Bratislava but he was sent back to Vienna from the Czech authority. There he was arrested shortly after and the Nazis brought him to the concentration camp Dachau for the time being. Later he was transferred to Buchenwald and back to Dachau again. In spite of maltreatments and illness of tuberculosis his sharp tongue didn't become silent till the end. With his wit he tried to help his fellow prisoners to get over the difficult time.

Fritz Grünbaum died in the concentration camp Dachau on 14th January 1941. 

Other movies with Fritz Grünbaum:
Der brave Sünder (31) Der Durchschnittsmann (31) Wiener Wald (31) Mädchen zum Heiraten (32) Ein Lied, ein Kuss, ein Mädel (32) Es wird schon wieder besser (32)