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Erich John Waschneck (29 April 1887, in Grimma, Kingdom of Saxony – 22 September 1970, in Berlin) was a German cameraman, director, screenwriter, and film producer.
Erich was the son of Karl Hermann Waschneck, a blacksmith, and his wife Therese Emilie, née Schneider. Waschneck went to finishing school at the Leipzig Art Academy and studied painting.
He came in contact with the film industry in 1907 when he began to paint posters for films. He then worked as a still photographer and later as a camera assistant to cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner .
In 1921, he did his first work as a cameraman in the adaptation of the fairy tale The Little Muck by Wilhelm Hauff. From 1924 he worked as a director. His film Eight Girls in a boat (1932) won the Gold Medal at the Venice Film Festival. In 1932 he became managing director of Beacon-Film GmbH in Berlin and film producer. After the Nazi rise to power, into force on 4th Waschneck April 1933 the National Socialist Factory Cell Organization German-born film directors with.  In 1940, he directed the anti-Semitic propaganda film The Rothschilds'.
After the war Waschneck was only able to direct two films.
In 1933 Waschneck married the actress Karin Hardt. Waschneck is buried in the old cemetery in Wannsee.
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