Anna German – the name of this singer is remembered by millions of people, despite the fact that she has not been with us for more than 30 years. Her songs continue to excite the soul in the same way, and the inimitable “crystal” voice penetrates the very heart. Anna German is a popular Polish pop singer, but the audience of the Soviet Union, listening to her Russian romances and popular pop songs, considered her their -Soviet, because the singer was born in the USSR.
Soviet childhood In a family of ethnic Germans Eugen German and Irma Martens, on February 14, 1936, a daughter was born in the Central Asian town of Urgench, who was named Anna Victoria. Her father was a German by nationality, whose family moved to Russia in the 19th century. By the will of fate, Eugen was in distant Uzbekistan, where he met Irma Martens. Her family was from Volga Germans who moved to Russia during the time of Catherine. In Urgench, Anna’s mother taught a foreign language at school, and her father worked as an accountant. But she was completely unfamiliar with her father, since in the fall of 1937 he was arrested on false charges of espionage, and in 1938 they shot him. But this was not the last loss in the German family – brother Frederick soon died of scarlet fever. Fearing persecution, mother and Anna escaped by frequent relocations to new places — Novosibirsk, Tashkent, and Dzhambul. Here they were caught by the difficult war years. In Kyrgyzstan, she studied three classes. In 1943, Inga met German Berner, an officer in the Polish Army, and became his wife. This marriage lasted a very short time — the father of Anna died in the battles for Belarus. But this marriage gave Irme Martens the opportunity in 1946, as the widow of a Polish officer, to move to Poland with her mother and daughter Anna.
School years in Poland At first, the German family settled in the small Polish town of New Ore, and already in 1949 they began to live in Wroclaw. In the Polish school, the future singer studied “excellently”, especially succeeding in learning foreign languages: she knew Italian, English, German, Dutch perfectly, and also drew and sang beautifully. Anna dreamed of doing art, but the need to help a family that lived quite poorly made her think of a more mundane and practical profession. Mom Irma advised to enter the University of Wroclaw, and in 1961 the future singer graduated from the Faculty of Geology. It was participation in university amateur performances that was the initial stage that led Anna Herman to the top of vocal fame. She became a member of the student theater “Pun”, which has always been a success in touring Polish cities. And although Anna became a certified geologist, but she never worked in her profession, she preferred a creative career.
The beginning of her career and first successes Despite the fact that Anna German was not a professional musician, she was allowed to pass the state exam for the right to engage in musical activity, which she passed just brilliantly. Now she could start her work in the pop theater of Wroclaw. Tours around the country brought the aspiring singer huge popularity: the audience fell in love with her charm and unearthly “angelic” voice, the first recordings appeared on local radio, and soon composers began to eagerly offer her their compositions. The first recognition comes to Anna German in 1963 at the II International Song Festival in the city of Sopot. There, with the composition “So I feel bad about it,” she won the second place. In the city of Olsztyn at the All-Polish Festival, performing the work of Italian authors “Ave Maria”, Anna receives the main prize among the soloists. She becomes a popular singer in her country, travels with concerts, her new songs sound on the radio waves. In the same year, she was awarded a scholarship appointed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, which allowed her to study vocals in Italy. After the IV International Song Festival in the city of Sopot, Anna German came to real popularity. At the festival, she performed the song “Dancing Eurydice” and received prizes in two categories: the first prize among Polish artists, and the second prize among international singers. During the tour in Moscow in the autumn of 1964, another desire of the singer was fulfilled – she recorded the first big disc “Dancing Eurydice”. The years 1963-1967 were the most successful and eventful in the brilliant career of the Polish singer. Touring in America, the Soviet Union, France, England, numerous festivals and competitions in Sopot, Bratislava, San Remo and Sorrento, everywhere she was successful with the audience. Before Anna Herman, singers from socialist countries never participated in the festival in the Italian San Remo, she was the first to sing on the same stage with European pop celebrities – Cher, Dalida, Adriano Celentano.
According to a contract signed in 1966 with the Italian studio of gramophone records, Anna went to work in Italy. She writes new songs, participates in festivals, performs in television programs, and appears in commercials. But the fateful day of August 27, 1967 changes the successful life of the singer, and the echo from him will overtake her in many years. On that day, the car in which Anna was returning from the concert crashed into a concrete fence at full speed. As a result of a terrible blow, the singer was thrown out of the car through the windshield. Doctors did not give almost any chance of recovery, because she was taken to the hospital with numerous fractures, concussion, and internal injuries. Two weeks in a coma, some complicated operations, then immobility in a plaster corset and a long rehabilitation process – to go through such a way as to walk again, sing and delight the listeners with new songs, helped the singer’s unbending willpower and the support of her relatives. Despite the difficult and difficult rehabilitation process, Anna was not going to give up. She devoted this time to writing the book of her memoirs about Italy “Return to Sorrento”, recording new songs, composing music, creating new television programs.
Having overcome three difficult years of recovery and rehabilitation, Anna German in 1970 again returned to her singing career. At her first recital in the Polish capital, the audience greeted her with a long standing ovation. And again began touring, concerts, festivals, recordings of compositions. During these years, the singer very often visits the Soviet Union, where she is known, loved and awaited. Such venerable composers as Alexandra Pakhmutova, David Tukhmanov, Arno Babadzhanyan, Vladimir Shainsky write their works for her, and the songs “Hope”, “Echo of Love”, “When the Gardens Blossom” became real hits. Over the years of her work, the singer has recorded about 400 songs in different languages. These songs have always been extraordinarily melodic, sincere, lyrical. In the late 70s, Anna again began to have health problems, but she did not pay attention to it, thinking that these were echoes of the disaster. But everything turned out to be much worse: an incurable disease that doctors could not overcome. Already knowing the truth about her condition, and realizing that it is doomed, the singer continues to travel with performances around the world. In May 1980, she finally visited the USSR, and in September made a big tour of Australia. But, unfortunately, at this the singer’s creative career was interrupted. Anna Herman’s life ended on August 25, 1982 in a Warsaw military hospital. She was only 46 years old.
The personal life of the singer. Anna everything was going well not only in creativity, but also her family life was also stable and successful. Anna met her second half, 3ignev Tukholsky, in 1960. It was mutual love at first sight. Especially the singer felt the power of love of her future husband during recovery After a car accident. Zbigniew courted her, surrounding him with care and attention. Young people played a wedding only after 12 years-March 23, 1972. The long-awaited child-son 3byshek was born in the Tukholsky family after 3.5 years – in the fall of 1975. Both Zbigniew, father and son, now live in Warsaw, and also remain faithful to their one and only Annushka.