Dora Gerson (March 23, 1899 - February 14, 1943) was a Jewish German cabaret singer and motion picture actress of the silent film era who was notoriously murdered with her family at Auschwitz.

Born Dorthea Gerson in Berlin, Germany, Gerson began her career as touring singer and actress in the Holtor Tournee Truppe in Germany where she met and married her first husband, film director Veit Harlan. The couple married in 1922 and divorced in 1924. Harlan would eventually direct the highly anti-semitic Nazi propaganda film Jud Süß by request of Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels.

In 1920, Dora Gerson was cast to appear in the successful film adaptation of the Karl May penned novel Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses (In the Rubble of Paradise) and later followed that same year in another May adaptation entitled Die Todeskarawane (The Death Caravan), which included Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi in the cast. Both films have been lost however for many years. Gerson continued to perform as a popular cabaret singer throughout the 1920s as well as acting in films.
By 1933 however, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, the German-Jewish population were systematically stripped of rights and Gerson's career slowed dramatically. Blacklisted from performing in "Aryan" films, Gerson began recording music for a small Jewish record company. Dora Gerson also began recording in the Yiddish language during this time, and the 1936 song "Der Rebe Hot Geheysn Freylekh Zayn" became highly regarded by the Jews of Europe in the 1930s. Her best remembered recording from this era was the song "Vorbei" (Beyond Recall). The song was an emotional ballad, subtlely memorializing a Germany before the rise of the Nazi Party:

Vorbei, vorbei, vorbei
They're gone beyond recall
A final glance, a last kiss
And then it's all over
They're gone beyond recall
A final word, a last farewell

In 1936 Dora Gerson relocated with relatives to the Netherlands, fleeing Nazi persecution. On May 10, 1940, however, Germany invaded the Netherlands and the country capitulated in just ten days. Soon, the Jews of the Netherlands were subject to the same anti-semitic laws and restrictions as in Germany. After several years of living under oppressive Nazi occupation, the Gerson family began to plan to escape. In 1942 Gerson and her family were seized trying to flee to Switzerland, a neutral nation in World War II Europe. The family were sent by railroad car to transit camp Westerbork bound for the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland. Dora Gerson died at Auschwitz on February 14, 1943 at the age of 43.


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