International Yiddish Theatre Festival in Canada

June 25, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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Yiddish theatres from around the globe have held an international festival in Canada…Australia was represented by Melbourne’s Alex Dafner.

Alex Dafner

Held in Montreal, the eight day event featured troupes from Austria, Canada, France, Israel, Poland Romania, the United States…and Australia. It ends today.

Alex Dafner, a Melbourne teacher and broadcaster, attended the festival which honored the 50th anniversary of the Dora Wassserman Yiddish Theatre.

The Festival had a special meaning for Dafner as he renewed his acquaintance with Golda Tencer who runs the Yiddish Theatre in Warsaw…it was only the second time they had met since their Lodz schooldays.

Shmuel Atzmon-Wincer, artistic director of Tel Aviv’s Yiddishpiel Theatre told media that as long as the Yiddish culture lives “the Holocaust will be remembered”.

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