Hildegard Knef Slays ‘Pirate Jenny’

I am obsessed with German actress-singer Hildegard Knef. Not only did she survive WWII by dressing as a boy (to avoid rape at the hands of the Russians), but she also had a list of illness that make Elizabeth Taylor look like a model of health. Like Dietrich, Knef didn’t have the greatest voice (and unlike Dietrich, her two memoirs are exquisite), but she knew how to wrestle a song to the ground in triumph. Just watch her sing “Pirate Jenny” in the original German.

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