“Hey, egg heads” – Helga Hahnemann reportedly called the GDR border guards once. The host was a guy. And the memories of her wake up again. For example with Inka Bause, who has a special link with her.
Berlin. If one had to explain the term “Berliner Schnauze” – it would be possible with Helga Hahnemann. She was a legend of show business in the GDR. From his place of residence Schöneiche near Berlin to Las Vegas, it was 9,000 kilometers, it was said in an MDR broadcast about him. You could also say: your Las Vegas was the Friedrichstadt-Palast. The memory of her hardly comes to life: this Saturday 30 years ago, November 20, 1991, died Helga “Henne” Hahnemann.
She performed the program “Ein Kessel Buntes” and was one of the dubbing voices for the popular crook series “Die Olsenbande”. The award ceremony, the Golden Goose, bears his name – along with the trophies, MDR and “Super Illu” honor popular stars every year. Berlin awarded him an honorary grave in 2010.
After graduating from high school, Hahnemann attended the East Berlin Drama School. Its artistic birthplace was the famous Leipzig cabaret “Pfeffermühle”, its path was closely linked to the Friedrichstadt-Palast. In her last big show, “Kiek ma an”, she took the stage more than 100 times. She could sing, play, be funny. “She was a folk artist,” said Uwe Hassbecker of the Silly group at a televised evening, who called her a “legend.”
“Big Helga” has done particularly well with its records. She received the “Golden Amiga” in 1988 for “Helga – dicke da”. Since 1978 she has presented the “best music” on Berlin radio. She had been a part of the GDR television drama ensemble since 1968 and had the privilege of being able to travel freely.
Your editor Angela Gentzmer recalls in an MDR report: “Sometimes we were also in the West. Then there was the limit when we wanted to go back. Then she poured the glass and shouted, “Hey, egg heads, open up here, I want to go home.” And then they put the headlights at us to see who was screaming. And then they saw it was Hahnemann and opened the door. “
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it could no longer capitalize on its great successes. In 1991, he was diagnosed with cancer. She was only 54 years old – but is still not forgotten by many who lived in the GDR.
Host Inka Bause (“Farmer Seeks Wife”) has a special connection. His father Arndt Bause composed hits like “Jetzt geht dein Süßer” for Hahnemann. For Inka Bause, the artist is a phenomenon, as she told the German press agency. After 30 years she was still a quota guarantee in East Germany, she was a special type of human child.
Hahnemann was genuine, with a heart that would have been enough for three, Bause said. “Empathetic and equal with everyone. Without vanity and without prejudice. Whether it was the garbage man on the doorstep, the rock star or the President of the Council of State, everyone was the same for her and before her. She always had an opinion and stood up for it. It’s very rare to find someone like her today – especially in the media. “