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Born in Berlin, Germany
Died in Wildkuhl, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

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Kurt Maetzig was born on January 25, 1911 in Berlin, Germany. He was a director and writer, known for The Rabbit Is Me (1965), Marriage in the Shadows (1947) and Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse (1954). He was married to Bärbel and Yvonne Merin. He died on August 8, 2012 in Wildkuhl, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

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Yvonne Merin (? - ?) ( divorced)
Bärbel (? - present)

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Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1983
He studied Chemistry, Business Administration and Political Economics. He also attended lectures at the Sorbonne in Paris.
In 1932 he began a series of internships with filmmakers.
In 1934 his career in the film industry was limited by the Nazi Reichfilmkammer because his mother was Jewish.
His mother was from a wealthy family of tea merchants from Hamburg and Denmark.
His father owned a film laboratory that produced release prints.
After completing his studies in Munich, and with his opportunities in the Nazi controlled film industry limited, he was able to increase his expertise by working in his father's film laboratory.
During the Nazi era, he was able to remain involved in the motion picture industry by getting jobs with various firms in Berlin as an expert in film technology and photochemistry.
In 1944 he joined the underground German Communist Party.
He was a member of the filmaktiv involved in the founding of DEFA.
He became the Artistic Director of DEFA in 1946.
He was a Professor of film directing at the Film Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
His feature film "Ehe im Schatten" (1947) ["Marriage in the Shadows"] became the first feature film to be shown in all four of the occupied German zones.
He was member of the Academy of Arts of the German Democratic Republic.
He was the first president of the newly founded Film Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg where he was a professor of film directing.
In 1974 he became vice president of The International Federation of Film Societies. In 1979, three years after he retired from directing, he was elected lifetime honorary president.

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