Nelson, Rudolf

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Nelson, Rudolf Gender: M
Rudolph Lewysohn
born on 8 April 1878 at 15:30 (= 3:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 18°38' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 23°56 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 15°33'

Rudolf Nelson (1953)
photo: Noske, J.D. / Anefo, license cc-by-sa-3.0


German-Jewish composer of hit songs, film music, operetta and vaudeville, and the founder/director of the Nelson Revue, a significant cabaret troupe on the 1930s Berlin nightlife scene.

In 1904, he joined forces with Paul Schneider-Duncker in the famed Chat Noir on Unter den Linden, Berlin’s most fashionable avenue, going on to direct it on his own from 1907 to 1914. Here, Nelson composed his most famous hit song "Das Ladenmädel," as well as from 1908 onwards wrote his famous operetta works, notably Miss Dudelsack.

Forced by the Nazis in 1933 to flee Germany – after stopping for stage appearances in Vienna and Zurich – Nelson founded a new theater troupe in Amsterdam, until after the German occupation he was interned in Westerbork concentration camp. Nelson survived the Holocaust, and in 1949 returned to Berlin where he reopened the Nelson-Revue-Gastspiel.

He died on 5 February 1960, aged 81, in Berlin.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record.


  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Concentration camp (Westerbork, survivor)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Theatre/ musical revue/ cabaret)