Bard did not marry Stelzer until July, 1941, a year after they worked on Ritter's Über alles in der Welt together, although this marriage (outside of the erroneous CineGraph entry) is commonly dated as having taken place in 1940. The actual marriage date was confirmed when Karl Ritter's unpublished diaries were cited in William Gillespie's 2nd edition Karl Ritter – His Life and 'Zeitfilms' Under National Socialism (p. 127) as Ritter and his wife Erika attended the Stelzer–Bard marriage and Ritter acted as witness to the ceremony. Stelzer & Bard's marriage notice in Karl Ritter's private diary, in which Ritter described the trip to the wedding ceremony in Caputh with his wife, and his making a speech to the assembled families, and acting as Witness to the ceremony in July 1941. The Ritter book also has published for the first time ever, two incredibly moving and heartfelt love letters written by Stelzer in the immediate months preceding his death, to a girlfriend he was dating after the death of Maria Bard, obtained from that girlfriend's daughter in the USA. The second letter was penned fifteen days before his fatal air crash. The 2nd edition Ritter book has a Chapter devoted to Stelzer and is the most comprehensive and accurate research on this actor published. No knowledge of these letters was known by film historians until they were revealed for in the Ritter book's 2nd edition. German Films Dot Net has acquired thirty original photographs which many years earlier had come from Stelzer's first wife's estate, with four of the eight photos shown here never having been published previously. On the top row, across, are three film stills from (1) Ritter's Stukas and (2 and 3) from the film Truxa. The photo of Stelzer in a WWI uniform is from the Karl Ritter film, Unternehmen Michael. The remaining photos were unpublished until now. The next photo of him in an overcoat may be a private photo or one from a film (tbc). The next photo shows him as a schoolboy, with his Rucksack on his back, and his Zuckertüte -- the traditional confectionary cone marking a schoolboy' first day of school (circa 1917). As a young man Stelzer was a keen football player and he posed with his old teammates in one photo shown below (he is sitting on the ground, smiling, as his teammates crowd around him.) As his career took off, he bought a brand new 2 litre BMW and that photo shows him taking his father on a drive in 1936. The ninth photo below was taken on 20 August 1942, in Paris, during a pause in the film shooting of Besatzung Dora, by the Luftwafffe Propaganda Kompanie #3 photographer Röder, showing Ritter and some of his cast members, including Stelzer, enjoying a swim together. This photo is labeled "Nur für den Dienstgebrauch!" ("For internal use only!") and has never been published until now. The last photo, in colour, shows the house in Caputh, 6km from Potsdam, where Stelzer lived in the early 1940"s, including the months he worked on Besatzung Dora. He often stayed for dinner at the Ritter's after a day of work at Ufa Babelsberg, then borrowed Karl Ritter's bicycle (or infrequently, the Ritter's auto) and rode to Caputh and brought the bike or car back the next morning.
Hannes Stelzer, as depicted on the Jacques Feyder film poster for Fahrendes Volk (1937)