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Exiled German-speaking intellectuals in Southern California: Fritzi Massary

During the 1930s and 1940s, many German Jews and intellectuals fled Nazi Germany. This LibGuide provides information about German-speaking intellectuals who found refuge in Southern California

  Fritzi Massary (1882-1969)

Fritzi Massary's years in Southern California: 1938-1969.

Fritzi Massary, an operetta star, was married to the comic actor Max Pallenberg (1877-1934). Because of their Jewish heritage, Massary and her husband were forced to flee Germany in 1933, and moved to their home in Switzerland. Massary's husband was tragically killed in 1934 in an airplane crash. During the next few years Massary performed in London and Vienna until she retired in 1938 to Hollywood.

Massary's daughter, Liesl Frank (1903-1979), was married to the author Bruno Frank.

Fritzi Massary lived in Beverly Hills first at 606 Bedford Drive, later at 520 N. Canon Drive, and after 1943 at 615 N. Rodeo Drive.

Rare Interview with Fritzi Massary on YouTube, Part 1

Rare Interview with Fritzi Massary on YouTube, Part 2




Albrecht Joseph. Portraits I: Carl Zuckmayer - Bruno Frank. Aachen: Alano, 1993: pp.285

Thomas Mann. Tagebücher 1940-1943. Edited by Peter de Mendelssohn. Frankfurt: Fischer, 1982.

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