.Spira addressing the Alexanderplatz demonstration in 1989.
2 June 1908|
Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire
10 May 1995 (aged 86)|
|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.
In 1989 Spira was a speaker at the large Alexanderplatz demonstration calling for the current East German government to step down.
- The Bridge (1949)
- Ernst Thälmann (1954-1955)
- Bürgermeister Anna (1950)
- Heimliche Ehen (1956)
- Thomas Müntzer (1956)
- Blonder Tango (1986)
- Apple Trees (1992)
- Edwards, Lee. The Collapse of Communism. Hoover Press, 2000.