Albers, Hans, born Hans Philipp August Albers in Hamburg, on 22-09-1891, the son of a butcher, was a famous German actor and singer. He was the single biggest male movie star in Germany between 1930 and 1945 and one of the most popular German actors of the twentieth century. He was dear friends with Marlene Dietrichand porformed with Lale Andersen best known for her interpretation of the song “Lili Marleen” in 1939 and Heinz Rühmann.
In 1915 Albers was drafted to serve the fatherland in the Great War World War I, but he was, in retrospect, lucky enough to be wounded in the first weeks. When the Nazis and Adolf Hitler (did you know), came to power in 1933, Josef Goebbels (did you know) was not only the Gauleiter of Berlin, but took soon over the power of the film industry and all actors were depending on Goebbels goodwill. Albers and his girlfriend Hansi Burg moved to the Starnberger See in Bavaria. While Albers himself never needed to show public support for the Nazi regime, he became the most popular actor under Nazi rule. The long-term relationship with his girlfriend, half-Jewish actress Hansi Burg, born 1898, started in 1925. They separated in 1935 due to the pressure of the German Nazi government. In 1938 she went into exile in Switzerland, later London. Shortly after this she married the Norwegian Erich Blydt. Burg returned to Germany and Albers in 1946, she returned to Germany in a British uniform. His acting teacher, Eugen Burg, father of his girlfriend Hansi, was killed in the concentration camp Theresienstadt (1944), just as Anne Frank
her mother Edith and sister Margot. The couple lived together until Hansi died at the age of 77, in 1975, Hansi Burg is buried in Garatshausen near Tutzing, along the Starnberger See. After World War II, well-funded Albers avoided the financial plight and this accounted for a major break in his career and made him hard to cast. All this was promoted by his increasing alcoholism during the 1950s. Yet he remained active in movies until the very end.
Death and burial ground of Albers, Hans Philipp August.
Having heavy pains in his stomach, he asked his driver Paul to bring him to the hospital, after a few last rounds around the Starnberger See, he said to him, this will be your last drive with me. Albers died on 24-07-1960, at the age of 68, in a sanatorium near the Starnberger See of internal bleedings because of excessive drinking.