Artur Brauner

  • Born: (Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland)
  • Died: (Berlin, Germany) (age 100)

Artur "Atze" Brauner (born: Abraham Brauner) was a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He produced more than 300 films from 1946.

He was born the oldest son of a Jewish family in Łódź, Poland. His father was a timber wholesaler. Brauner attended a general education liceum in Łódź, where he took the matura final exam, and then studied at a local polytechnic technical school until the German attack on Poland in September 1939. With his parents and four siblings, he fled to the Soviet Union and survived the Holocaust. Following the war, he and his brother, Wolf Brauner emigrated to Berlin, his parents and three of his siblings emigrated to Israel.

Brauner married Theresa Albert, called Maria, in 1947. They had four children.

In September 1946, he founded the Central Cinema Company or CCC Films in the American sector of Berlin.

In 2009, Yad Vashem received a donation of 21 of Brauner's productions having to do with the Holocaust, including Die Weiße Rose, The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (Der 20. Juli) and Man and Beast (Mensch und Bestie). In 2010, Yad Vashem opened a media center in Brauner's name. Brauner called it the "crowning achievement of my film career".

Brauner was a prominent member of the Jewish community of Berlin and a recipient of the Bundesverdienstkreuz. At the 2003 Berlinale, he was awarded the Berlinale Kamera honouring his lifetime achievement. His many other awards included two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award.

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