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Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Rolf Steiner » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:09 am

Does anyone know the details regarding actor Curd (aka Curt) Jurgens imprisonment in 1944? The most I can find out is that it was instigated by Goebbels. Anyone know what he did/said to earn it?

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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by ghp95134 » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:10 pm

Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Of Franco-German parentage, Jürgens -- who was born during the closing days of the second year of the First World War -- would abandon the country of his birth after the end of World War II: Jürgens became an Austrian citizen in 1945 and lived part-time in France.

Jürgens entered the journalism profession after receiving his education, and married Louise Basler, an actress. Basler, the first of his five wives, encouraged him to switch careers and become an actor. He learned his new profession on the Vienna stage, which retained his loyalty even after he became an global film star. Jürgens was sent to a concentration camp for "political unreliables" in 1944 due to his anti-Nazi opinions. It was this experience in Nazi Germany that led him to become an Austrian citizen after the war.

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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Fahrdienstleiter » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:14 pm

Is there any definite proof of his imprisonment? Many sources only state that Jürgens was drafted into the Wehrmacht in July 1944 just after completing Wiener Mädel, allegedly because he clashed with the brother of Ernst Kaltenbrunner.
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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by panzermahn » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:21 am

Despite his imprisonment, Curd Jurgens played a lot of characters that were associated with Wehrmacht in war movies during the 1960s and 1970s. For example, movies like The Enemy Below, Battle of Britain and possibly his most famous role among Western cinema as General Blumentritt in the movie The Longest Day.

MY favourite Curd Jurgens quote, (from the movie Battle of Britain);

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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Fahrdienstleiter » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:55 am

In my opinion, Jürgens was never convincing as a Wehrmacht officer. The Enemy below is a pathetic movie, his role in The Longest Day is basically just an extended cameo appearance, and I hate his character in The Battle of Britain because it is just another example of the old and ricidiculous british claim that the Nazis were only the puppets of a century-old conspiration by Prussian noblemen to conquer the world. If you want to know the truth about Preußen, don't listen to Churchill's propaganda, but read Christopher Clark's celebrated book. Jürgens was much better as Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me.

P.S. As a Bayer, Jürgens was no "subject of Kaiser Wilhelm II.", but of König Ludwig III.
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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by ghp95134 » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:23 pm

Fahrdienstleiter wrote:...P.S. As a Bayer, Jürgens was no "subject of Kaiser Wilhelm II.", but of König Ludwig III.
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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Hans » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:08 pm

Met him in München at the airport in 1974, shortly after he performed a tongue tonsilectomy on a young blond chick. Ugly cuss without his makeup but a nice bloke. If I remember right we discussed "Ferry to Hong Kong". After we parted my wife asked me, "Who was that dirty old devil ?"
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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by panzermahn » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:55 pm

Hans wrote:Met him in München at the airport in 1974, shortly after he performed a tongue tonsilectomy on a young blond chick. Ugly cuss without his makeup but a nice bloke. If I remember right we discussed "Ferry to Hong Kong". After we parted my wife asked me, "Who was that dirty old devil ?"
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Did you managed to snap a photo with him at the airport?

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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Marc Binazzi » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:33 am

Hans wrote: he performed a tongue tonsilectomy on a young blond chick
No doubt he had French origins...... :D
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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Hans » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:07 pm

Panzer,

Did not take a photo as my wife would not get within 10 feet of him, either to take a photo or be photographed. Still, the memory is imprinted.

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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Rolf Steiner » Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:02 am

If he's snogging blondes in 1974, then he's had the last laugh on his captors / press gang eh? I suspect there might be an explanation in here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curd-J%C3%BCrge ... 948&sr=8-2

BUT. Check out the price!!! I'll keep an eye out for it in the charity shops!

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Post by HeinrichFrey » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:11 pm

... but the highest rank is to be a middle-frank. :roll:
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HeinrichFrey wrote:... but the highest rank is to be a middle-frank. :roll:
BWA-Hahahaha~!!! :wink:

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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by HeinrichFrey » Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:21 pm

First You should explain "Oachkatzelschwoaf" to the guests in our franconian-bavarian forum"feldgrau.ned? fei scho!". German or mankind, GHP?
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Re: Curd Jurgens imprisonment 1944

Post by Hans » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:38 pm

Heinrich,

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