Foto: © Nachlass János Székely
János Székely, born in Budapest in 1901, moved to Berlin at the age of eighteen to escape the Horthy regime. He wrote numerous screenplays for silent movie stars such as Brigitte Helm, Willy Fritsch and Marlene Dietrich. In 1934 Ernst Lubitsch invited him to work in Hollywood and in 1938 Szekely finally emigrated. Persecuted again during the McCarthy era, he spent several years in Mexico with his wife and daughter, before accepting an offer from DEFA in East Berlin in 1957. Already severely ill, he died there in 1958.