|Name: Leon Askin||Find on Amazon India: Link|
|Nationality: Austrian||Find on Amazon: Link|
It was one of the great chances in my life to become a Dumont actor.
We wanted to bring the political situation in Austria on stage. Naturally we could not do that without pointing to Austrian’s northern neighbor Germany.
Unfortunately I put the opening date on the 5th of December 1941 and on the 7th of December the Japanese bombarded Pearl Harbour. My dream of a theater in Washington D.C. came to a prompt end.
To be a Dumont actor was considered to be a great honor for an actor, yet it also had its disadvantages.
My father was an ardent socialist for many years.
It is a great deal of difference to receive an honorary title or a title in his profession.
In the morning we received some very thin coffee. For lunch we had potato soup with a few pieces of meat in it, in the evening we had a very thin meat soup with some potatoes in it.
I was put in the Air Corps. I was never educated to serve in the military, but soon my activities in the American Air Corps became very interesting to me.
From that moment on I knew my profession in life was and has remained until today an actor’s life.
Especially for my father it was a great change. He used to be a socialist and even a member of the socialist party. But then he became an orthodox Jew.
Directors and producers were afraid of a Dumont actor while at the same time they admired him.
At the end of my life, I have achieved belated fame and recognition in the city of my birth.
A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted – the way we Dumont actors used to speak.
1988 I also received from the city of Vienna the cross of honour for art and science. These titles and the various honors mean a great deal to me, most of all for the reason that they would mean a great deal to my parents too.
The interest of my mother was more in the entertainment field. She loved to go to concerts and to the theatre.