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Hans Poelzig

Foto: Nicola Perscheid (1864-1930)

1869 - 1936

The production designer, architect and painter Hans Poelzig grew up by a foster family after his mother separated from her husband.

After school Hans Poelzig studied at the University of Technology in Berlin which he finished in 1894.

His professional career led him via the function of a government master builder at the Prussian ministry in 1899 to the calling at the "Königliche Kunst- und Kunstgewerbeschule" in Breslau. There he first worked as a teacher and he became the director in 1903.

He returned to Berlin in 1920 and he led a maste studio at the academy of arts.

Hans Poelzig became famous with his architecture which was dedicated to the objectivity.

The abilities of Hans Poelzig were also used for few movies and he created the scenery for large-scale productions.
To these movies belong "Anna Boleyn" (20), "Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam" (20), "Zur Chronik von Grieshuus" (25) and "Lebende Buddhas" (25).

With the rise  of the National Socialists his picture perfect career came to an and because he was not able to document the roots of the family of his fathers and they suspected a Jewish root.

Before Hans Poelzig could emigrate to Turkey he died in Berlin.