Among those friends were Wiera Gran, a low alto singer who performed at Paris’ famous Alhambra-Maurice Chevalier music hall, and Stefania Grodzieńska, an actress who would become renowned as the “First Lady of Polish Humor.” However, according to a contemporary source, it was Mann herself who was one of the brightest stars of her generation.
Indeed, in 1939, Mann had done well at a global dance contest in Brussels. Apparently, she was skilled at both modern and classical dance, and her beauty, too, was of great renown. Had she been born in a different era, she might well have had a great career.
However, that same year, Europe found itself caught up in another war. And the conflict would have a substantial impact on Mann’s life. While she had managed to capitalize on her obvious talent by performing at the Warsaw nightclub Melody Place, in German-occupied Poland her Jewish heritage meant that she was confined to a small section of the city.