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To Be an Actress
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To Be an Actress (Paperback)

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In To Be an Actress, Nava Shean tells about her life on the stage: from children's theater in Prague to traveling theater in the Czech countryside, to performances of prisoners in Terezin concentration camp, to Israel's national theater, Munich State theater, and her one-woman shows. The common theme that runs through the memoir is Ms. Shean's passion for the theater and her dedication to acting despite excruciating circumstances.



The memoir provides first-hand account of life in Terezin concentration camp and the incredible artistic activity under the shadow of the transports to the death camps. It also portrays the author's reconnection with her Jewish heritage against the background of her family's assimilation. Upon her arrival in Israel in 1948, Ms. Shean took part in the development of the Israeli theater, an alliance that continued into the 1980s and culminated in her one-woman show Requiem in Terezin.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsGenocide & ethnic cleansingThe HolocaustLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: University Press of America Publication Date: 13/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9780761850274  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Nava Shean was born as Vlasta Schoenova in Czechoslovakia. She studied drama in Prague and performed on the Czech stage until her deportation to Terezin concentration camp, where she took an active role in the artistic activity as both an actress and director. She survived Auschwitz and immigrated to Israel in 1948, where she worked as an actress in Israel's leading theaters. Michelle Fram Cohen is an Israeli-born linguist and writer, and the recipient of the 2003 Israel Hasbara Committee award. She holds graduate degrees in comparative literature and Jewish history and is pursuing a PhD in Hebrew Literature.

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