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Date of Birth 19 June 1905Königsberg, East-Prussia, Germany [now Kaliningrad, Russia]
Date of Death 2 January 1998Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Birth NameMax Kolpenitzky

Trivia (9)

The growing up Max Colpet had to witness how his Jewish family had to flee in 1914 for the first time. The family went to Königsberg where he lived the next years.
Max Colpet came in contact with the Berliner arts scene in 1928 and he founded together with the later popular actor Erik Ode the cabaret "Anti".
The director Billy Wilder worked together with Max Colpet five times.
The writer Max Colpet belonged to the most popular lyric poets for songs and screen writers.
Max Colpet could continue his career in the emigration.
His parents came into a concentration camp where they died.
His creative career in Germany lasted only for awhile. With the takeover of the National Socialist he had to flee the second time in his life and he went to Paris. But Paris was not far away enough and with the invasion of the Germans he fled to the USA.
To his most popular lyrics for songs belong "Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind" for Marlene Dietrich.
He took over the US citizenship in 1950 but eight years later he returned to Germany and lived in Munich where he continued his work as a screen writer and lyricist for song and cabarets successfully.

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