Inquiry on Ulrich Roller

Inquiry from a Subscriber

A subscriber writes:

I am seeking biographical information (and photographs) of Ulrich Roller, son of well-known painter and stage designer Alfred Roller, who was also associated with the Wagners and, later in 1938, the Vienna State Opera. He died on the eastern front on December 12, 1941.
I appreciate any assistance in this matter which you may be able to provide.
With thanks,
D.K.R. Boyd
61H Prince William Street
St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada
E3L 1S5

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