György Tábori – George Tabori

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George Tabori was born in Budapest as György Tábori, a son of Kornél and Elsa Tábori.

  • His father died in Auschwitz in 1944,
  • but his mother Elsa Tábori and his brother Paul Tabori managed to escape the Nazis.
  • His son Peter Tabori and again his son Kris Tabori both started the college Oxford.

As a young man, George Tabori went to Berlin but was forced to leave Adolf Hitler’s Germany in 1935 due to his extremly Jewish background.

George Tabori first went to London, where he worked for the BBC and received British citizenship.

In 1947 George Tabori immigrated to the United States, where he became a translator (mainly of works by Bertolt Brecht and Max Frisch) and a screenwriter including Alfred Hitchcock’s movie I Confess (1953).

In the late 1960s, George Tabori brought his own and the work of Brecht to many colleges and universities. At the University of Pennsylvania he taught classes in dramatic writing which resulted in Werner Liepolt’s The Young Master Dante and Ron Cowen’s Summertree. Two of Tabori’s plays in English — The Cannibals and Pinkville — were produced by Wynn Handman at the American Place Theatre in New York City from 1968 through 1970.

In 1971, George Tabori returned to Germany, where his new emphasis was theater work, and mainly worked in Berlin, Munich, and Vienna. He was stepfather to actor Kristoffer Tabori during his marriage to Lindfors.

George Tabori died in Berlin, aged 93.


  • Ursula Höpfner (1985–2007; his death)
  • Ursula Grützmacher-Tabori (1976–1984; divorced)
  • Viveca Lindfors (1954–1972; divorced)
  • Hannah Freund (1942–1954; divorced)

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