Schorsch, Gustav

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SCHORSCH, GUSTAV (1918–1945), Czech actor and producer. One of the founders of the avant-garde theater "d 99" in Prague, he also worked at the Czech National Theater. After the German occupation in 1939 he was deported to the *Theresienstadt concentration camp. While there, he organized lectures and play readings, and in secret classes and rehearsals conducted at night, under the most difficult conditions, formed a group of actors who gave highly accomplished theatrical performances. Those of the group who survived played an important part in Czech postwar theater life. Schorsch's work came to an end in the autumn of 1944, when he was transferred to *Auschwitz. In January 1945 he was killed by the Nazis.


Frýd, in: Terezin (Eng., 1965), 207ff.; Šedová, ibid., 219ff.

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