Anna German (February 14, 1936 - August 26, 1982) was born in Urgench, a small city in southern Uzbekistan, USSR. In 1937 Anna's Polish father was arrested in Stalin's purges and was later shot by NKWD. Anna's mother, Irma Martens, whose ancestors came to Russia from the Netherlands in 17th century, subsequently married a Polish army officer and moved to Poland with her mother and little Anna.
Anna graduated at the Geological Institute of Wroclaw University. While still at university, she began her music career at the Kalambur theatre. Anna's first success came when she won the 1964 II Festival of Polish Songs in Opole with her song Tańczące Eurydyki. A year later she came first in the international song contest in Sopot. She was invited to perform in Italy in the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in 1967. In Italy, she survived a serious car crash, but fully came back to the stage only in 1972, after a long rehabilitation period.
Anna performed in the Marché international de l'édition musicale in Cannes, as well as on the stages of Belgium, Germany, USA, Canada and Australia. In the last years of her life she composed some religious songs. She passed away in 1982 from cancer and was buried in Warsaw.