On the occasion of the 92nd birthday of the Berlin Diva

Hildegard Knef



biographical chanson evening with honor guest: 

Petra Roek (longtime friend and biographer of Knef)




28 December 2017, 7:30 pm


Alte Bahnhofshalle Friedenau


Bahn­hof­straße 4 a-d, 12159 Ber­lin



After many successful performances – among others in the Kulturstiftung Schloss Britz and the Urania – as well as across German borders, the famous artist duo Maila Barthel & Frank Augustin will present a biographical chanson evening at the festive hall of the Old Bahnhofshalle Friedenau on the occasion of the birthday of Diva Hildegard Knef. Honor guest: Petra Roek, the author of the Knef biography "Ask not why" (published in 2011 – Lau Verlag).

Hildegard Knef always had a suitcase in Berlin as a kinostar, singer and author, and the Berliner loved their "Hildchen".

Despite the different careers and years of life out of a suitcase Hildegard Knef always returned to their city Berlin. Forever connected: Berlin and Hildegard Knef. "My work is to be my myth," said the Knef about herself. Her directness and sharp observation, her melancholy and tornness, her jealousy as well as her rebelliousness, ambition and diligence and her civil courage as a woman form the myth of this great artist and person of public life who still lives and continues to exude. "Am I knef?" Could be answered self-speaking with no. And yet….

Maila Barthel, together with the pianist Frank Augustin, makes the myth of the diva on the Friedenauer stage alive. In short, often contradictory and complementary dialogues they follow the effect of this versatile talented artist. Petra Roek will report on her friendship with Heldegard Knef and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Let us take you into the world of Hildegard Knef. A special December birthday evening awaits you: with musical entertainment, original costumes of the diva, as well as a photo show of some rarely released historical photographs (from the private collection of Petra Roek). The longtime girlfriend and author of the Knef biography "Ask not why" (published in 2011 – Lau Verlag) will moderate and be available later for questions and autographs.


"Am I knef?" A tribute to Hildegard Knef

Her life – her chansons


Maila Barthel – song
Frank Augustin – piano


Petra Roek – Knef-biography "Do not ask why", autograph hour


Tickets for the price of 12 Euro (reduced 7 Euro) are available at the evening box office.

For further information see www.alte-bahnhofshalle.de / www.mailabarthel.wordpress.com.


Anlässlich des 92. Geburtstages der Berliner Diva

Hildegard Knef


Biografischer Chansonabend mit Ehrengast:  

Petra Roek (langjährige Freundin und Biografin der Knef)

28. Dezember 2017, 19:30 Uhr

 Alte Bahnhofshalle Friedenau

Bahn­hof­straße 4 a-d, 12159 Ber­lin

Eintrittskarten zum Preis von 12 Euro (ermäßigt 7 Euro)