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Lotte Lieven (1898-1986) was a Swiss actress. She was born Susanna Charlotte Munz in Palmdale, California to a Swiss immigrant mother who died shortly after childbirth. She was adopted by the Swiss family Stiefl. Lotte studied acting in Zürich and Munich and adopted the stage name Lotte Lieven. In 1920 she met and fell in love with the German Jewish actor Alexander Granach, whose letters to her where published as the book "Du mein liebes Stueck Heimat" in 2008. Lieven performed widely in Berlin until 1935, when her relationship with Granach (who had already emigrated a few years before) made life difficult for her in Germany, and she returned to Switzerland to perform at the Schauspielhaus Zürich. She gave up acting in 1940 and devoted her life to helping refugees. Lotte Lieven died on November 2, 1986.

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Lotte Lieven, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2883A.