Private Life

In October 1932, Hermann Knaus, already forty, and the 23-year-old medical student Rosa (Ružica) Stankovič, only daughter of a merchant from the Serbian town of Kragujevac, marry. In January 1934, their only daughter, Ingeborg, is born. Out of the blue, Rosa dies of kidney failure in 1951 on a train journey. His family says of his later years: “[He] had a lot of luck with women; feminine curves were of great interest to him, and not only from a medical point of view. He liked to surround himself with beautiful actresses, dressed dashingly […] and, as a famous man, enjoyed life between the Arlberg and the Côte d’Azur.”