Berlin’s Gift #6: Hans Rosenthal

Hans Rosenthal was undoubtedly one of the greatest TV entertainers in Germany. He was born in 1925 just around the corner from where I live in Prenzlauer Berg, I just found out by running into the memorial plaque at the house recently.


He had a hard childhood, as his parents died early, his brother and other relatives were killed in the holocaust. He survived hiding in a gardeners colony in the north of Berlin. After the war he started as an apprentice with the Berliner Rundfunk and started his broadcasting career 1948 as producer and editor at RIAS. He went on becoming a quizmaster, most of the shows he invented himself. One of my big childhood memories is watching “Dalli Dalli” a show that Hans Rosenthal hosted from 1971 to 1986.

To give you an impression, here’s a best of:

“Dalli Dalli” was the starting signal for the quiz rounds, hence the name of the show. Very good performaces could be rewarded by the audience by the press of a button. When this happened, an alarm sound went on and Hans Rosenthal jumped into the air with the words “Sie sind der Meinung, das war Spitze!” and the audience would yell the “Spitze”. An extraordinary trick was the fact that the tv image was ‘frozen’ at the jump of Hans Rosenthal, being quite a technological challenge at the time.

The money won by the candidates during the show was given to needing families, a work that was carried on by the Hans-Rosenthal-Stiftung.

Hans Rosenthal lost the battle to cancer in 1987 at age 61. The following video show the episodes of his life:

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3 Comments so far

  1. till (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    Der Meier ist auch ein Rocker!

  2. dallita (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 3:56 pm


    he seems likes germany’s equivalent to noel edmonds…
    still i liked noel as a kid!

    looks like he got his revenge in the end!!!


  3. bome (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

    ich bin der meinung das war SPITZE

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