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In Erinnerung an Buddy Elias † 16.3.2015

Buddy Elias © Familienarchiv Elias, Basel Buddy Elias is the stage name of Bernhard Elias, born 1925 in Frankfurt am Main Germany. In his youth he attended the theater school of the Basel Conservatorium and also took drama lessons under Ernst Ginsberg. From 1947 to 1961, he was resident comedian for the 'Holiday on Ice' revue.
Along with innumerable appearances onstage in Switzerland, Germany, France and England, Buddy Elias appeared in some 80 films and TV- programs. He worked with such directors as Peter Zadek, Peter Lilienthal and Michael Verhoeven.
Buddy Elias is the last living cousin and direct relation of Anne Frank - this has deeply affected his life. Since 1996, he has been the president of the Anne Frank Fund in Basel and administers the copyright on 'Anne Franks Diary'. Talking to Christian Dueblin, Buddy Elias recalled the highlights of his career as an actor and his experiences in Hollywood. He also talks about his family and the role of Switzerland in World War II as well as his hopes for the future.  
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