Max Colpé

Max Colpé

Birth
Germany
Death 2 Jan 2005 (aged 99)
Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in Munich, in Bavaria
Memorial ID 92965673 · View Source
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Author, songwriter and screenwriter. (A. k. a. Max Kolpe, Max Colpet, but born Max Kolpenitzky.) Of German-Russian Jewish descent, and stateless during his early life because of conflicts in Europe, during the 30s he fled the Nazis and went to Paris, where he met Marlene Dietrich; his parents both died in a concentration camp during the war. Kolpé worked as a lyricist throughout Europe, penning the song "Still war die Nacht" ("This World of Ours") and others, and in 1950 he became a U. S. citizen, later returning in 1958 to Germany and also co-authoring films with director Bill Wilder. During the 60s he translated Pete Seeger's song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" into German, which became a hit single for Marlene Dietrich.


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  • Created by: Rudi Polt
  • Added: 2 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92965673
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Max Colpé (19 Jan 1905–2 Jan 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92965673, ; Maintained by Rudi Polt (contributor 46521785) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered in Munich, in Bavaria.