In her last years she
was in an ensemble with Esther Rukhl Kaminska.
According to Zygmunt Turkow,
in the first group of the future "VIKT, he also found
A., who had married the actor Adam Domb in Vilna, in the
production of Dr. Ettinger's "Serkele" in the
Central Theatre, where she had great success playing the
role of "Freyde-Alltele.'
Later on A. participated in
Vilna in the ensemble that Zygmunt Turkow had put
together, and she excelled, especially as the daughter
of an arendator (tenant farmer?) in the
production of Sackler's "Yizkor."
According to Jonas Turkow
A., who had taken a prominent place in Yiddish Theatre,
together with her husband, went on a great tour with 'VIKT'
across Poland and Romania. She also played in Lita
[Lithuania] and Lettland [Latvia].
When on 19 October 1926 in
the Kaminski Theatre, VIKT staged the adaptation of
Goldfaden's "The Ten Commandments," A. participated.
Sonya in "Serkele."
Sonya in "The Seven Who Were Hanged."
Jonas Turkow portrays her
career and her tragic end:
"Sonya Altboym was a
very talented actress, a beloved human being and a very
wise person. In addition, she was beautiful, delicate
and simple, very representative, had a fine natural tone
and gevirkt (affect) ummmitlbar
(immediate; direct) with her acting manner and serious
attitude to her theatre mission. Already in her first
roles, which she received in Ostrovsky's "Guilty-Not
Guilty," and then in Andreyev's "The Seven Who Were
Hanged," she strongly excelled. She created an entire
gallery of wonderful forms, such as in Ettinger's "Esterkele"
(Freyde-Altele), Goldfaden's "Two Kuni Lemels' (the
marriage broker's daughter Libele), Sholem Aleichem's
"Tevye the Dairyman" (Tseytl). After Ester Rukhl
Kaminska's death, she took over in "Tevye the Dairyman"
in the role of the "Mother Golde," in which she
excelled, in one after another role.
When the war broke out,
Sonya Altboym, together with her husband Adam Domb and
their their wonderful, exceedingly good-looking daughter
Liza, were found in Lemberg and worked there in the
Yiddish State Theatre. Their twelve-year-old daughter
Liza had displayed non-durkhshnitlekhe dramatic
stage abilities. Despite her young age, they enrolled in
the Lemberg theatre school, and they had great hopes for
When the Germans took
Lemberg, Adam Domb was with the second-half troupe of
the State Theatre in Rovne. He did not appear to return
to his wife and daughter. Sonya Altboym, with her
gorgeous daughter Liza went through all seven gates [?]
of hell during the Nazi Occupation, when they took the
Jews to the "famous" Lemberg process, where they were
Both, Sonia as well as Liza,
did not have a Jewish appearance, but a genuine Slavic
type, with fardisene Russian gezelkh. They
had all the chances to be saved as mchlumrshte
Christians, if they would go away to another city where
no one knew them. However, they did not believe in the
possibility of a physical extermination of an entire
"Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Volume 2,
pp. 83, 94, 148-156.
Zygmunt Turkow-- "Di
ibergerisene tkuph," Buenos Aires, 1961, pp. 55, 64,
84, 156, 162, 197.