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George Tabori (1914–2007)

Author of Mein kampf

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George Tabori was born György Tábori to a Jewish family in Budapest. His father Kornél (Cornelius) Tábori, a well-known journalist, sent him to Germany to learn the hotel trade, but he was forced to leave the country after the rise of the Nazi regime. In 1935, he joined his brother Paul Tabori in London, where he learned English and worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC. In 1939, he returned to Budapest as a foreign correspondent, and worked for the British Army Near East News Service from 1941 to 1943. His first novel, Beneath the Stone (1945), was written in Jerusalem. His father died in Auschwitz in 1944 and most of the rest of his family also perished. In 1947, he emigrated to the USA, where he moved in émigré circles that included Bertolt Brecht, and became a translator of works from German. He did some work as a screenwriter in Hollywood for Alfred Hitchcock and Joseph Losey, and then began to write for the theater. His first play, "Flight Into Egypt," was produced on Broadway in 1952. In 1953, he left his first wife for Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors and adopted her three children. He and Lindfors founded their own touring theatre company, the Strolling Players, for which she acted and he wrote plays, including "Brecht on Brecht" (1962). In the late 1960s, he taught classes in dramatic writing at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1970, his play "The Prince" was adapted into a film called Leo the Last. In 1971, Tabori moved back to Germany, and wrote and directed for the Berliner Ensemble and other German and Austrian theaters. Among his other plays were "Cannibals"; "Jubilee" (1983); "Mein Kampf" (1987); "My Mother’s Courage" (1979, adapted into a film in 1995), based on his mother’s World War II experiences; and Goldberg Variations (1991).
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