This is a wonderful postcard that could have been overlooked because of the coffee stains, I can imagine a German soldier, perhaps sheltering in a dugout, drinking coffee, being uplifted by her beauty and giving the will to overcome the terrible conditions at that time. This is portrait of Henny Porten, who was a German actress and film producer of the silent era, and Germany’s first major film star. She appeared in more than 170 films between 1906 and 1955. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Curt A. Stark, who died during World War I on the Eastern Front in 1916.
In 1921, she remarried to Wilhelm von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power, she famously told Hitler where he could go to when he castigated her for being married to a Jew, when she refused to divorce her Jewish husband she found that her career (while doing twelve films a year ), dissolved immediately. When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression. She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.
Frieda Ulricke “Henny” Porten (7th January 1890 – 15th October 1960)