Werner Dissel was born in Cologne, Germany on August 26, 1912. In the 1930s Dissel worked as a photojournalist and graphic artist. During this time he was part of the circle that had formed around Franz Jung and Harro Schulze-Boysen magazine opponents. In 1935 he worked closely with Walter Küchenmeister with the opposition newspaper Wille zum Reich.
A wave of arrests against the Berlin Red Orchestra resistance group by the Gestapo led to the imprisonment of Dissel from 1937-1939 because he had joined the anti-fascist movement.
After the Second World War he lived in Wiesbaden and worked as a stage designer and appeared on stage as a comedian. In 1950 he resigned from the Communist Party and emigrated to the GDR. It was here he worked as an actor and director. In the period from 1960 to 1979, he appeared in the Berliner Ensemble. In October 1986, Dissel received the Art Prize of the GDR. Here he appeared in his only Euro-western “Ulzana” in 1974.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall came Dissel was seen in several television series such as “Polizeiruf 110 auf” (1999) and “Fälle Stefanie” (2001)
Today we remember Werner Dissel on what would have been his 100th birthday.