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Born Friday 2 May 1924, died Tuesday 21 July 2015

Professions: Actor, Musician

Nationality: Austrian

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While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.

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Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.

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One might have thought the world would stop ascribing moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism. It has not happened that way.

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No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.

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No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.

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I remain convinced that I can be a true universalist only when I am a better Jew.

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I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.

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I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.

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For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.

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But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.

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But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.

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As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.

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Every actor wants to direct.

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The play is always fresh to me. It's not the audience's fault that I've said the words before.

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You always draw on your experiences with live audiences to know how to do comedy on films. You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later, but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it.

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When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.

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On the stage you're there, it's live. There's a beginning, a middle, an end. When something is funny you hear it right away.

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I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all.

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I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored. To me it was meaningless. I would stand around in heaps of manure and sings about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing.

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I always sang, I always acted, I always played.

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