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Sara Rotbaum, Yiddish Actress

Well-known Yiddish actress and older sister of the actor, director and artist Jacob Rotbaum and of choreographer and opera director Lia Rotbaum. 

Sara Rotbaum (born in 1899 in Zhelekhov and died in 1970 in Wroclaw) studied under Reinhardt in Berlin.

Considered one of the most talented actresses of the Vilna Troupe, she was asked by Granovskii, the director of GOSET to join the Moscow-based theatre. There she worked with Michoels, Zuskin and others.

Sara also taught a master class on phonetics and diction at the Technicum, the Soviet State Yiddish Theatre School. This was not an easy job as her students came from all corners of the Soviet Union, Romania, Lithuania and even as far as Calgary, bringing with them their Yiddish dialects and varied accents. It was her task to standardize their accents and present a uniform language to the theatre’s audiences.


The Moscow State Yiddish Theatre: Jewish culture on the Soviet stage, By Jeffrey Veidlinger.



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