German Actress and Singer Gisela May
1924 – 2016,
German actress and singer.
Gisela May, was East Germany’s greatest diva. She was the last link to the Brecht era and personified, like few others, the complexity of being a performer in – and surviving – Germany’s socialist state.
Not everyone in Germany warmed to her politics, May insisted that her views had to be seen in the right perspective: not of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 but the zero hour of 1945 when, like many artists and intellectuals, she embraced socialism as an antidote to the fascist terror.