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Biographical/Historical Information

The actor, director, and writer Fritz Kortner was born as Fritz Nathan Kohn in Vienna in 1892. Working in Berlin with Max Reinhardt and Leopold Jessner, he was one of the best character actors on the German stage. Kortner emigrated to the United States via England in 1937 and returned to Germany in 1949. Fritz Kortner died in Munich in 1970.

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Snapshot of Fritz Kortner, Leo Baeck Institute, F 3537.