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Published on Jan 23, 2010
Paul O'Montis was a Berlin cabaret celebrity, featured in several major revues and on dozens of recordings. As a homosexual and a Jew, however, his career was ended after the Nazis came to power. In 1933 he emigrated to Vienna, Austria. He fled to Prague after the 1938 Anschluss (the German annexation of Austria). When the Germans occupied western Czechoslovakia in 1939, O'Montis was arrested and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, near the Berlin theaters where he formerly starred. He died there perhaps by his own hand in July 1940, at age 46.