Figure 1.--Here we see Klaus-Detlef Sierck wearing what looks like an Eton suit. He looks to be about 12 years old which would mean the portrait was taken about 1937. We are not sure if this is his actual suit or a costume for one of his films.
Klaus-Detlef Sierck was a well known German child and youth actor in the 1930s and early 40s. He was the son of Detlef Sierck who was to become a very successful Director in the United States under the the name of Douglas Sirk. Douglas Sirk divorced Klaus-Detlef’s mother and as the political situation in Germany became ever worse he emigrated to the United States with his second wife, who was Jewish.. Klaus Detlef stayed on in Germany with his mother. He made his debut in 1937 in “ Streit um den Knaben Jo ” (1937) which was followed by other successfull productions such as “ Serenade ” (1937), " Verwehte Spuren " (1938), " Aus erster Ehe " (1940) and " Kadetten " (1942). His last film was " Der Grosse König " (1942) after which he was drafted and fell in 1944, barely 19 years of age, on the Russian front.
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