6: Oral history video excerpt, Aron Gonshor on “Performing ‘The Dybbuk’ in Vienna,” 2011.
In a conversation recorded by the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal-based surgeon and actor Aron Gonshor talks about performing The Dybbuk in Vienna with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theater.
Suggested activity: Have students discuss in small groups: what did you learn from Gonshor’s description of performing The Dybbuk in Vienna? What does this play mean to a Yiddish actor like Gonshor? Why might the audience have responded so emotionally?
Aron Gonshor, interview by Sara Israel at the Montreal Jewish Public Library (Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, December 15, 2011), www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/oral-histories/excerpts/woh-ex-0001293/performing-dybbuk-vienna. For the complete interview with Gonshor: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/oral-histories/interviews/woh-fi-0000213/aron-gonshor-2011.