1938-2013 MUNICH, GERMANY Dr. Klaus Juergen Oskar Willy Hallig died in his Munich apartment on September 20, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 75 years old. Born in Potsdam, Germany on February 27, 1938. Klaus was the son of Edith Goerwitz and Dr. Christian Hallig. Klaus's father was a filmmaker, director, author and bon vivant. His mother in her mid life divorced Christian and married Thomas Wagner. Together Edith and Tom founded a successful film distribution company. Klaus graduated from the Technical University of West Berlin with a doctoral degree and his thesis was published on American Advertising Experiences in the Common Market and it is on file at the New York Public Library. The three surviving children of Klaus are: Oskar Hallig, Soleil Hallig, Sebastian Hallig, plus Oskar's spouse, Mike Zippel. He is also survived by the mothers of his children, Bobbie Hallig and Beatrice Grimm Hallig along with members of his German, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and California families. Klaus was predeceased by his only sibling, Gisela von Baillou in 1980. After he married the Oklahoma born Bobbie Dalene Davidson on March 4, 1965 at Kronberg Castle in Germany; they founded a company, International Television Trading Corp. in 1966. ITTC eventually had offices in New York City, Los Angeles and South Egremont, MA. Klaus and Bobbie built a home on Mount Washington, MA and in 1967 assumed the American representation of the Kirch Group, the premiere European Television distribution company. The career of Klaus was distinguished by his reputation for fair dealings. An engaging, charming raconteur and known for his wit; Klaus was the two time Emmy award winning producer of Leonard Bernstein films. The Bernstein relationship included a 21 year exclusive film contract. Klaus was also engaged in the business of distribution of theatrical and non-theatrical (television) motion pictures, films and programming to the United States and foreign networks. Oskar Klaus Hallig joined them as an infant, in Munich, Germany in 1975 and completed the family. Although Klaus and Bobbie divorced in 1998 after more than thirty years together, they remained close friends until his death. In 1998 Klaus married Beatrice Grimm and in 1999 they had twins, Sebastian and Soleil. Their divorce was in 2005. Beatrice, Soleil and Sebastian presently reside in Santa Barbara, California. Klaus's hobbies included collecting antique automobiles, skiing (he was the former downhill and slalom champion during his teenage years in Bavaria) and a passion for tennis. The work of preservation of nature and environmental protection was supported by Klaus and also various significant donations to The Berkshire Theatre Festival to fund seats for their capital campaign and then to build the Unicorn Theatre. Additionally he supported his son, Oskar's Rudolf Steiner School in Great Barrington. The life of Klaus Hallig was synonymous with a generous spirit and he will be widely missed by all those fortunate to have known him. Klaus's wish was not to have a funeral or ceremony but rather a celebration of his life and interment of his ashes in the Spring of 2014 when the daffodils are blooming on Mount Washington. An announcement will be sent out next spring. Donations in Klaus Hallig's memory can be made to The Nature Conservancy/Massachusetts chapter or to The Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 18, 2013