Lea Niako


Lea Niako (1908-1945), real name Maria Kruse. Was a German actress and ballerina.
She met the Polish spy Jerzy Sosnowski with who she had an affair. They were both arrested for espionage on February 24, 1935 by the Gestapo. She died murdered in Berlin in 1945).
There is nothing known about her career (if any) after the War.

She was known for her work on La carta (1931), Zwischen Hamburg und Haiti (1940) and Carl Peters (1941).

Many of her photos were taken by Atelier Willinger (photographer Laszlo Willinger)

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