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Hans Meyer-Hanno


1906 - 1945

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The actor Hans Meyer-Hanno was born as Hans Fritz Martin Karl Meyer in Hannover. After an education by Hilde Müller-Gerloff he began his professional career as a draftsman and stage designer. Beside it he appeared as a musician and singer with the "Tibor Blue Boys".
He began his acting career in 1929 with appearances in the "Katakombe" of Werner Finck and at the cabaret "Larifari", it followed tours and theater engagements. He was a company member of the Schillertheater Berlin from 1939 to 1943.

Hans Meyer-Hanno made his film debut after some minor roles in the middle of the 30's with bigger roles in movies like "Pechmarie" (34), "Schwarze Rosen" (35) and "Das Mädchen Johanna" (35).
He became established as a movie actor in the following years with the movies "Menschen ohne Vaterland" (37), "Du und ich" (38), "Der Maulkorb" (38), "Salonwagen E 417" (39), "Jud Süss" (40), "Der Kleinstadtpoet" (40) and "Der grosse König" (42).
Beside it he also dubbed foreign actors like Raymond Massey. He also remained active at the theater till his death.

Besides the glamour world of the film Hans Meyer-Hanno was together with Beppo Römer and Alexander Graf Stenbock-Fermor alias "Der rote Graf" a committed resistance fighter in the environment of the "Rote Kapelle" in the Künstlerkolonie.
The restistance group was called RAS (Revolutionäre Arbeiter und Soldaten), which especially wrote antifascist leaflets which called against the National Socialism and the war. Hans Meyer-Hanno was described by the members as quiet, tough and imperturbable who didn't recoil from dangerous jobs.
In order to disguise his part as a resistance fighter he also took part in some propaganda movies like "Jud Süss".

Hans Meyer-Hanno had had to pay dearly for his engagement agains the National Socialism. Betrayed by an informer in the alliance "Freies Deutschland" he was arrest during his holiday on a farm in the Ostmark in July 1944. He was sentenced to prison for three years in Bautzen. 

Their exist different versions to the circumstances of his death. Among others as a prisoner he had to take at assignment and was grouped for creating new dugouts. During such a deployment he tried to flee over a wall but was caught out and shot from behind. An other source says that Hans Meyer-Hanno refused to join the Volkssturm and was murdered in Bautzen.
 

More detailed information about Hans Meyer-Hanno's activity as resistance fighter and a detailed funeral oration by Gustav von Wangenheim can be read up on the page "KünsterKolonie Berlin eV".
 

Other movies with Hans Meyer-Hanno:
Die törichte Jungfrau (35) Das Mädchen vom Moorhof (35) Inkognito (36) Pat und Patachon als blinde Passagiere (36) Verräter (36) Savoy Hotel 217 (36) Versprich mir nichts! (37) Starke Herzen (37) Togger (37) Fortsetzung folgt (38) Die kleine und die grosse Liebe (38) Das Glück auf dem Lande (38) Skandal um den Hahn (38) Steputat & Co. (38) Altes Herz geht auf Reisen (38) Die fremde Frau (39) Kennwort: Machin (39) Die unvollkommene Liebe (40) Ihr Privatsekretär (40) Männerwirtschaft (41) Blutsbrüderschaft (41) Pedro soll hängen (41) Ritt zwischen den Fronten (41) Jakko (41) Sechs Tage Heimaturlaub (41) Kameraden (41) Der grosse Schatten (42) GPU (42) Andreas Schlüter (42) Ich vertraue dir meine Frau an (43) Die Gattin (43) Gefährlicher Frühling (43) Liebesgeschichten (43) Der Verteidiger hat das Wort (44) Zwischen Herz und Gewissen (45) Die Brüder Noltenious (45)


 
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