Company:  DEUTSCHE DWS VARIABLE SER ...
Form Type:  497
Filing Date:  5/4/2020 
CIK:  0000810573 
Address:  875 THIRD AVENUE 
City, State, Zip:  NEW YORK, New York 10022-6225 
Telephone:  212-454-4500 
Fiscal Year:  12/31 
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  FORM 497
    OPERATING EXPENSES
    Management
    Investment Advisor
    Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
    Investing in the Fund
    Your Investment in the Fund
    Financial Highlights
      FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
    Prospectus May 1, 2020 30 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 18 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 26 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Principal Investment Strategies
        FUND PERFORMANCE
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Main Risks
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 16 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
    Prospectus May 1, 2020 17 Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
        FUND PERFORMANCE
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Main Risks
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      OPERATING EXPENSES
      Management
      Investment Advisor
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 30 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 18 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 26 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
        FUND PERFORMANCE
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
      Investment Objective
        OPERATING EXPENSES
      Additional Information About Fund Strategies and Risks
      Investment Objective
      Investing in the Fund
      Your Investment in the Fund
      Financial Highlights
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
      Prospectus May 1, 2020 19 Financial Highlights
    Appendix
    Statement of Additional Information
    Part I: Appendix I-A-Board Member Share Ownership and ...
      TRUSTEE OWNERSHIP
      TRUSTEE OWNERSHIP
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
      BENEFICIAL OWNERS
    Part I: Appendix I-B-Board Committees and Meetings
    Part I: Appendix I-C-Board Member Compensation
    Part I: Appendix I-D-Portfolio Management
      TRUSTEE OWNERSHIP
      TRUSTEE OWNERSHIP
      TRUSTEE OWNERSHIP
      FUND PERFORMANCE
      FUND PERFORMANCE
      FUND PERFORMANCE
    Part I: Appendix I-E-Service Provider Compensation
    Part I: Appendix I-F-Distribution Plan Payments
      Part I: Appendix I-G-Portfolio Transactions and Brokerage ...
        PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
        PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
      Part I: Appendix I-H-Investments, Practices and Techniques, ...
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
      Stable Net Asset Value
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
      Impact of Large Redemptions and Purchases of Fund Shares
    Part I: Appendix I-I-Securities Lending Activities
    Part I: Appendix I-J-Additional Information
      Part II: Appendix II-A-Board Members and Officers
        NAME AND TITLE
        NAME AND TITLE
        NAME AND TITLE
        NAME AND TITLE
      Wayne Salit(6) (1967) Director(3), DWS; AML Officer, DWS ...
    Part II: Appendix II-B-Portfolio Management Compensation
    Part II: Appendix II-C-Contractual Fee Rates of Service ...
    Part II: Appendix II-D-Financial Services Firms' Compensation
      PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
    Part II: Appendix II-E-Firms With Which DWS Has Revenue ...
    Part II: Appendix II-F-Class A and Class T Sales Charge Schedule
      SALES CHARGES
      SALES CHARGES
      SALES CHARGES
      SALES CHARGES
      SALES CHARGES
      SALES CHARGES
      SALES CHARGES
      Part II: Appendix II-G-Investments, Practices and ...
    Part II: Appendix II-H-Taxes
    Part II: Appendix II-I-Proxy Voting Policy and Guidelines
      Pay-for-Performance Evaluation