Jewish-Hungarian playwright George Tabori, 1914-2007

This video says about itself:

Insightful interview with the late Georg Tabori. English Subtitle version. On the 23rd of July 2007 Georg Tabori died. One of the last great men of theater. Georg touched and influenced me as an artist in more ways that could be mentioned in this small space. This is a small tribute to Georg. It consists of an insightful interview given during our “Bajazzo” production, as well as some personal photos and videos I dug out of my archives. We’ll all miss you Georg.

By Stefan Steinberg:

Sustaining a humanist approach in the twentieth century: George Tabori (1914-2007)

The Hungarian-born playwright George Tabori (born György Tábori) has died in Berlin, at the age of 93. He continued to work actively in theatre until the end and the head of the Berliner Ensemble theatre and Tabori’s last employer, Claus Peymann, was proud to describe his friend as the oldest active director in the world. A warm, friendly man who sought close collaboration with his co-workers and actors, Tabori was held in high esteem by many of those he had worked with over a period of decades.

In the course of his turbulent life, Tabori lived through some of the most tumultuous social and political developments of the twentieth century—events and experiences which repeatedly found reflection in his work. Particularly in Germany, Tabori will be remembered as an author and playwright who repeatedly challenged his audience to address the historical legacy of fascism and the annihilation of the European Jews. His theatrical weapons were parody, his gallows humor and a readiness to provoke the attention of his audience. Tabori was capable of articulating some of the moral dilemmas and questions arising from some of the greatest crimes in history. His work falls short, however, because of the limitations of his approach.

Tabori was born in Hungary, the son of a liberal-thinking Jewish father, the year the First World War broke out. Young George left Budapest in 1932 and began working in Berlin as a waiter in a major German hotel. …

In 1961 his collage piece Brecht on Brecht opened in the US to considerable success and was widely produced by resident and university theatres throughout the decade. …

Like Brecht himself, Tabori was also a victim of the anti-communist witch-hunt led by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. In an interview later Tabori stated: “ I was blacklisted. I was not a communist, but I was blacklisted. I couldn’t work in TV—in the theatre there was no black list anywhere—but in TV or radio I was blacklisted. It was a very political time, the McCarthy time, we were all very political.”

The far Right in Hungary today: here.

Claudia Koonz on nazism: here.

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