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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

 

Simkha Bader
(Nyedzhevyetski)


 

B. was born in 1899 in Slomniki, Kielce Gubernia, Poland, into a pious, Chasidic family. He remained an orphan at age one-and-a-half from his father [?]. He learned in a cheder, and having a strong desire to learn, he studied with a corner teacher, and in 1910 geshvartst the Austrian border to his family in Krakow (Galicia, then under Austrian rule.) There he received a German and Polish theatre education, but becoming familiar with Yiddish literature, he was drawn especially to Yiddish theatre. He became a member of various Yiddish organizations and institutions and came into close contact with such personalities as Professor Mifelev, Dr. Kanfer, Dr. Shiper, the poet-painter Ber Horowitz and the folk poet Mordechai Gebirtig.

In 1920-21 he participated in David Herman's offering of Ansky's "Dybbuk" with Kompaneyets' troupe. He wanted to travel to America, but could not go there due to the introduction of the quota, so he participated in Berlin in the troupe of the guest-starring Regina Tsuker, then in Adolph Meltzer's troupe in Galicia (in Goldfaden repertoire.)

in 1925-26, he was under the direction of Jonas Turkow in Krakow and then part o a tour across Poland in artistic repertoire. In 1927 he became engaged to the Krakow Yiddish society theatre under the direction of Jonas Turkow, later under the direction of Avraham Morevsky, then on a tour across Romania with Lidia Potacka, later with Itsikl Goldenberg, and in 1929 in Czernowitz with the guest-starring Boris Thomashefsky, and then with Fishl Kanapov on a tour across Bessarabia, and later with the guest-starring Rudolf Zaslavsky. In 1931 he acted with the guest-starring Joseph Buloff, in 1932 with Morris Karalava, then with Julius Nathanson,

Hymie Prizant, Misha Fiszon, again with Prizant, and later with other troupes.

According to Michael Messinger, in the end B. traveled to America where he, after several months, at the outbreak of the Second World War went back to Krakow for a visit. Here he was captured by the Nazis and killed by them.


Sh. E. and Sh. E. by Michael Messinger.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4374.
 

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