Auction 102

Lot 22:

OLGA TSCHECHOWA

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(1897 – 1980) German actress of Russian-German ancestry, a leading actress in the Third Reich who starred in over 140 films. She was accused of being a Russian spy, and of being pressured by Stalin and Beria to flirt with Adolf Hitler in order to gain information so that Soviet agents could kill Hitler. Joseph Goebbels referred to her in his diaries as ‘eine charmante Frau’ (‘a charming lady’). Tschechowa’s signature in blue ink on a black-and-white vintage photo postcard, a chest-up portrait, 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

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