Steffie Spira

Steffie Spira

.Spira addressing the Alexanderplatz demonstration in 1989.
Born 2 June 1908
Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died 10 May 1995 (1995-05-11) (aged 86)
Berlin, Germany
Other names Stephanie Spira
Occupation Film actor, Stage actor
Years active 1929–1992 (film)

Steffie Spira (2 June 1908 – 10 May 1995) was an Austrian-born German stage, film and television actress. Spira was the daughter of the actors Fritz Spira and Lotte Spira. Her sister was Camilla Spira. Her father was of Jewish descent, and later died in the Holocaust. Spira became a theatre actress during the Weimar Republic, and joined the German Communist Party in 1929. Following the Nazi takeover of power, she fled into exile. After being interned by the French government at the Camp de Rieucros, she escaped to Mexico.

Spira returned to Europe in 1947 and settled in East Germany. She became a leading stage actor at the Volksbühne and appeared frequently in East German film and television productions.

In 1989 Spira was a speaker at the large Alexanderplatz demonstration calling for the current East German government to step down.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Edwards p.18-19


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