Schneider, Magdalena “Magda”, born 17-05-1909, in Augsburg, Bavaria, the daughter of a plummer, Xaverius Schneider and his wife Maria. She attended a Catholic girls’ school and a commercial college. After training as a stenographer, she studied singing at the Augsburg Academy and ballet at the local theater. She made her stage debut at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich . She drew the attention of Ernst Marischka, an Austrian screenwriter and film director who died age 70, on 12-05-1963, in Switzerland, who called her to the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, and in 1930 gave Schneider her first film role. In 1937 Schneider married the Austrian actor Wolf Albach-Retty
, he died age 60, on 21-02-1967, in Vienna, with whom she had two children: Rosemarie Magdalena, called Romy, and Wolfgang Dieter “Wolfi”
later a surgeon, born in 1940. During World War II Schneider lived in the Bavarian Alps near Hitler’s retreat in the Obersalzberg
above Berchtesgaden. Schneider was a guest of Adolf Hitler´s on the Berghof, who declared that she was his favorite actress. She divorced Albach-Retty in 1945 and married the Cologne restaurant owner Hans Herbert Blatzheim in 1953. Blatzheim died age 62, of heart failure, on 01-05-1968,
She appeared again with her daughter in the films of the Sissi trilogy
, based on the life of Elisabeth of Bavaria, with Romy Schneider starring in the title role and Magda Schneider playing the role of her mother, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria and in the 1958 film Die Halbzarte (Eva). Magda Schneider’s role in the 1933 film Liebelei was also played by her daughter, Romy Schneider, in the 1958 film Christine. Romy Schneider married a German actor and director Harry Mayen, and gave birth to a son, David (3 December 1966 – 5 July 1981)
Death and burial ground of Schneider, Magdalena “Magda”.
Magda in the last years of her life, had to bear the death of her grandson David in 1981 and her daughter Romy. Next husband was Horst Fehlhaber
who was born in 1919. Horst married Magda Albach-Retty-Schneider in 1982, at age 63. Horst died on 14-05-2010, at the age of 91.
Magda died on 30-07-1996 in Berchtesgaden, Germany and is buried on the Bergfriedhof of Berchtesgaden next to her last husband and nearby the graves of Paula Hitler “Frau Wolf”
, Hitler’s only sister. Als buried there are the Vice Admiral, Hans Erich Voss
and Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Ernst Maisel
Ernst Maisel, at order of Wilhelm Keitel
, Adolf Hitler
accompanied his superior General der Infanterie, Wilhelm Emauel Burgdorf,
Burgdorf committed suicide age 50, on 02-05-1945, in the Führerbunker, to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
home in southern Germany as a witness to the completion of Rommel’s suicide on 14-10-1944. Maisel was present in Rommel’s study when Burgdorf offered Rommel the choice of facing the People’s Court or commit suicide, but was not present when Burgdorf provided Rommel with a cyanide capsule. While he accompanied Burgdorf in escorting Rommel, in a vehicle, to the location where Rommel was to take the cyanide capsule, Maisel was once again dismissed by Burgdorf, thus only saw the Field Marshal’s remains but did not witness the process.