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Leon Askin

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  • The interest of my mother was more in the entertainment field. She loved to go to concerts and to the theatre.

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  • In the morning we received some very thin coffee. For lunch we had potato soup with a few pieces of meat in it, in the evening we had a very thin meat soup with some potatoes in it.

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  • Especially for my father it was a great change. He used to be a socialist and even a member of the socialist party. But then he became an orthodox Jew.

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  • Unfortunately I put the opening date on the 5th of December 1941 and on the 7th of December the Japanese bombarded Pearl Harbour. My dream of a theater in Washington D.C. came to a prompt end.

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  • It was one of the great chances in my life to become a Dumont actor.

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  • From that moment on I knew my profession in life was and has remained until today an actor's life.

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  • A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted - the way we Dumont actors used to speak.

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  • At the end of my life, I have achieved belated fame and recognition in the city of my birth.

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  • Directors and producers were afraid of a Dumont actor while at the same time they admired him.

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  • We wanted to bring the political situation in Austria on stage. Naturally we could not do that without pointing to Austrian's northern neighbor Germany.

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  • To be a Dumont actor was considered to be a great honor for an actor, yet it also had its disadvantages.

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  • My father was an ardent socialist for many years.

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  • I was put in the Air Corps. I was never educated to serve in the military, but soon my activities in the American Air Corps became very interesting to me.

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  • It is a great deal of difference to receive an honorary title or a title in his profession.

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  • 1988 I also received from the city of Vienna the cross of honour for art and science. These titles and the various honors mean a great deal to me, most of all for the reason that they would mean a great deal to my parents too.

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