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Lena Valaitis

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Lena Valaitis (born September 7, 1943) is a Lithuanian-German Schlager singer. She had her greatest success during the 1970s and 1980s

Valaitis was born in Memel (Klaipėda), in 1943 part of the Memel Territory of East Prussia, Germany, now in Lithuania. Her father, a soldier of the Wehrmacht, was killed during World War II. At the end of the war, Valaitis, her mother, and her brother arrived as refugees in West Germany. She first attended Volksschule in Memmingen and then the Litauisches Gymnasium Hüttenfeld (“Lithuanian Gymnasium of Hüttenfeld”) in Lampertheim, Hesse. Valaitis left for training with the Deutsche Bundespost in Frankfurt, where she received private singing instruction.

Valaitis has one son, Marco (born 1973), from her first marriage. In 1979 she married actor Horst Jüssen, with whom she had her second son, Don David (born 1983). Valaitis currently lives in Munich, Bavaria.

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