Hans Helfritz was a German composer and photographer.
Through pressure from his parents, Helfritz originally began an apprenticeship as a banker, a career path which he then soon after gave up in order to start studying music and composition in Berlin and Vienna. Inspired by his teacher Erich von Hornbostel in 1930 he travelled to Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Iraq to collect samples of folk music, in order to research and develop understanding of musical ethnology. In 1935 he continued his travels to India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Republic of China and Singapore.
Helfritz also made films about Yemen and Mexico as an assignment for Ufa. In these films he knowingly upheld the right-wing line of Joseph Goebbels, presenting foreign ethnicities as culturally unimportant.
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