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Hermann Braun (November 1, 1917[1][citation needed] – January 18 or 20, 1945) was a German film actor, and the son of chamber singer Carl Braun.


New York City-born, Braun made his film debut in 1933 with Der Jäger aus Kurpfalz. Braun was initially slated for the role of "Heini Völker" in Hitlerjunge Quex. However, much to his regret, illness, prevented his from doing so. The part was played by Jürgen Ohlsen. Braun is credited with a minor role in this film. He was Pola Negri's leading man in her Third Reich film The Secret Lie (1938), where he plays a young man in her life who we are led to believe is her young lover but turns out to be her son. Braun also played in the Emil Jannings picture The Dreamer (1936) and in the Veit Harlan-directed Jugend (1938). His final film was Kleine Mädchen - große Sorgen (1941), opposite actress Hannelore Schroth.

Unlike his father who was an early sympathizer with the Nazis and a member of the anti-Semitic Kampfbund für deutsche Kultur,[2] Hermann Braun held an anti-Nazi stance and retired from (or was forced out of) the Nazi-controlled motion picture industry. Drafted into the German military, he saw action on the Russian front during World War II. Most sources state that he was killed in heavy fighting on January 18, 1945, near Łódź, Poland. However, the German War Graves Commission memorial for Braun states that he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and died on January 20, 1945. He was possibly wounded on January 18, with his death occurring two days later. He is buried at Lodz.[3] Braun was 27 years old.

Braun descended from an artistic family. His father was a famous opera singer, his mother Gertrude Botz was a stage actress at the Lübeck Theater, and his sister Anne-Mary Braun was also an actress.



  1. ^ Hermann Braun (11.1.1917-1.20.1945) Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (German War Graves Commission) record
  2. ^ Ernst Klee. Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, pp. 73–74.
  3. ^ Hermann Braun (11.1.1917-1.20.1945) Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (German War Graves Commission) record
  4. ^ The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife by Eric Rentschler. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996, pp. 246-288
  5. ^ "German Films Dot Net – Film Posters :: "Hitlerjunge Quex" (1933)".
  6. ^ "Der Jäger aus Kurpfalz -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  7. ^ Der Jäger aus Kurpfalz at IMDb
  8. ^ "Achte mir auf Gakeki -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  9. ^ Achte mir auf Gakkei at IMDb
  10. ^ "Punks Kommt aus Amerika -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  11. ^ Punks Kommt aus Amerika at IMDb
  12. ^ "Traumulus -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Ritt in die Freiheit -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  14. ^ Der Jugend at IMDb
  15. ^ "Die Fromme Lüge -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Was tun, Sybil? -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  17. ^ Was tun, Sybille? at IMDb
  18. ^ ""D III 88: The New German Air Force Attacks" -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Der Fuchs von Glenarvon -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  20. ^ "Verwandte sind auch Menschen -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  21. ^ Verwandte sind auch Mensch at IMDb
  22. ^ "Kleine Mädchen-große Sorgen -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  23. ^ Kleine Mädchen-große Sorgen at IMDb
  24. ^ "Kampfgeschwader Lützow -" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  25. ^ Battle Squadron Lützow at IMDb


  • Schlamp, Hans-Joacham. "Jugend, die den Film erobert 1. Folge-Hermann Braun." Reihe der Filmschriften (Germany), Vol. (Heft) 6, No. 1 (1934), pp. (Folgen) 20–24.
  • Weniger, Kay. Zwischen Bühne und Baracke. Lexikon der verfolgten Theater-, Film- und Musikkünstler 1933 bis 1945. Metropol, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-938690-10-9, S. 429 f.

External links—Complete Films with Hermann Braun

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