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Johannes Heesters dies at 108; Dutch-born entertainer performed in Nazi Germany
Johannes Heesters dies at 108; Dutch-born entertainer performed in Nazi Germany

Johannes Heesters, a Dutch-born entertainer who made his name performing in Adolf Hitler's Germany and was dogged later in his long career by controversy over his Nazi-era past, has died. He was 108. Heesters died Dec. 24 at a hospital in Starnberg, Germany, where he had been in critical condition for several days, said his agent, Juergen Ross. A tenor, Heesters debuted on stage at the Volksoper in Vienna in 1934. His career took off in Berlin, where, starting in 1935 — two years after the Nazis took power — he became a crowd favorite at the Komische Oper and Admiralspalast. He gained fame by appearing in films such as "Die Leuchter des Kaisers" (The...

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