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Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE;
aS FEATURED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S  "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"


VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City

 

Esther Adler
(Shatsky)


 

A. was born in Ostrog, White Russia. At the age of sixteen she was brought over to London, England, by her sister Leah Schwartz, and together with her participated in Yiddish amateur productions. In 1907 she came to Paris with her family, and there participated until the First World War, in Yiddish amateur productions. Due to the war, there was a lack of professional actors, and because no one could enter the country, she together with her sister became associated with the professional Yiddish theatre. Together with her husband, the actor Jacob Piekarnik, they acted in the troupes that under the direction of Blumental, Burstein, members troupes, and with Maurice Schwartz during his guest-starring appearance in Paris. She also used to take part in Yiddish theatre productions in Antwerp, Brussels and London.

After that her husband was captured by the Nazis and deported, she remained alone in Paris until September 1942. Her daughter, who had fled Paris a year earlier and lived in the non-occupied zone in Lyon, Southern France, had arranged to bring her there, and for her to be sent on her way by a dear friend, a young Christian woman who was to meet her at a certain "point" and help her go over to the "demarcation line" between Shalan and Dijon. They met there, entered into the ariber fir-bos, but after several minutes she was led away? into the tfish of Shalan. From there she was taken back to Paris and then to the Drancy camp, from where  she was deported some weeks later, to an umbavausen place from where she did not return.
 

Sh. E. from Khaykele Burstein-Schwartz.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4373.
 

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