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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

 

Sarah Brez
 

B. was born in 1903 in Dvinsk, Latvia, into a very poor family.

As the actor Max Perlman states, she was raised on her own in the home of Yiddish actor Adolf Shtreytman, and through him performed in the Yiddish theatre.

From childhood on she was in the environment of the Yiddish theatre. At a very early age she was taken into various local Yiddish dramatic circles, and she also participated in productions of local professional Yiddish actors. Her talent made her more developed, and when in 1928 she came to Riga, she already had been considered to be a fine young stage talent, and she had in Riga an opportunity for some years to act in the local "Meutim Theatre" with the best local and guest stars all of the popular roles.

B. married Yiddish-Russian actor Chiranov (born in Saratov), who earlier had acted on the Russian stage and in film, and she had overtaken him on the Yiddish stage.

When the Nazis occupied Riga, she together with her husband, as were other thousands of Jews, were driven twelve kilometers on foot out of the city to the Rumbula forest, and with terrible cold and snow, she was forced to zikh oystsuton mother naked, and on 30 November 1941 she was shot there. Her husband was also killed there.

By a mass grave of those 30,000 Riga Jews killed, the living, remaining Jews  erect a memorial as a kdoyshim in 1964.

 



M. E. from Max Perlman and Sh. E. from Yona Radinov.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4064.
 

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