Sylvin Rubinstein

Sylvin Rubinstein ( Moscow , 1914 – Hamburg , 30 as April as 2011 ) was a dancer Russian -Polish who participated in the resistance against the German invasion in Poland .


Sylvin and his twin sister Maria were illegitimate children of a Polish Jewish dancer and Nikolai Pjetr Dodorow, a Russian prince and official of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia . During the Russian Revolution of 1917 , the father was killed, after he had put his family safely in Poland. The mother had sewn valuable jewelry into the children’s clothing, which freed the family from poverty. 1

Around 1924, the family moved to Riga , where the children, who had been dancing for some years, were taught by a first female dancer, Madame Litwinowa. After seven years of ballet , the brothers moved to flamenco , being known in the 1930s as Dolores & Imperio throughout Europe. In 1939 they were surprised by the entrance of the German troops in Poland and they could no longer leave the country. From 1940, the brothers lived hidden in Warsaw , after having fled from the ghetto . 1 2

Sylvin found protection and aid in the greater German Kurt Werner, a vividor that belonged to the resistance. Werner recognized Sylvin as a dancer and adopted him in his resistance group. Dressed as a woman, she did mail and participated in attacks and attacks. 1 Werner helped him get fake papers with which he would move to Berlin in 1943. There he lived until the end of the war.

Sylvin moved to Hamburg and started dancing again. But nobody knew that the famous flamenco dancer of the 1950s, Dolores , was actually Sylvin Rubinstein. The war had forced him to become an artist of transvestism, which made him a star again. The composer Michael Jary , who lived for some time with Rubinstein, dedicated to him in 1951 the song Das machen nur die Beine von Dolores (“That only Dolores’s legs do”).

Sylvin lived until his death in the Sankt Pauli neighborhood of Hamburg on 30 April 2011. His tomb is in the Jewish cemetery of Ilandkoppel in the Ohlsdorf quarter.


Polish director and cameraman Marian Czura filmed a 90-minute documentary about his life, titled Er tanzte das Leben (“Bailó la vida”), between 1998 and 2003 . 1 3


  • Kuno Kruse : Dolores & Imperio. Die drei Leben des Sylvin Rubinstein ; Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2000, Köln. (Mit Photos). ISBN 3-462-02926-6 . In soft cover in 2003.
  1. ↑ Jump to:a b c d Allan Hall (February 25, 2005). ‘Germany embraces killer transvestite’ . The Age (in English) . Retrieved on September 9, 2011 .
  2. Back to top↑ Kuno Kruse (1998 (n ° 27)). Die Beine der Dolores . Der Spiegel (in German) . Retrieved on September 9, 2011 .
  3. Back to top↑ Kuno Kruse. «Er tanzte das Leben – Sylvin Rubinstein» . Personal page of Kuno Kruse (in German) . Retrieved on September 9, 2011 .