ERC > LEXICON OF THE YIDDISH THEATRE  >  VOLUME 5  >  MINA BURSHTIN


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

 

Mina Burshtin
(Halpern)
 


 

B. was born in June 1888 in Toporov, near Brody, Galicia.

At the age of thirteen she moved over to Romania to a sister, and at the age of sixteen she made the acquaintance of the actor Moshele Burshtin. Two years later they were married.

In 1912 Joseph Kessler engaged Moshele Burshtin for London. After he went over to act for N. Blumental, with whom they were touring through various cities, the last proposal, in which he (Bluemtal) would "cover travel expenses," she also would begin to act, and as such, she was taken in to the specialty of "mother roles."

B. acted with Morris Moskowitz, then with Blumental's troupe, later in her husband's troupes. and in 1935 she had the opportunity to act with Maurice Schwartz during his guest appearance in London, where they had remained, and where she had for a short time at the outbreak of the Second World War had the opportunity to play with Maurice Schwartz. She returned to Paris, and there she was captured by the German occupiers.

According to her daughter, B. once, while walking on the street with peril, with her two children, she was arrested on a [tribute society?] of a Frenchman, an owner of a leather business, which used to receive payment from the German for each farmsrtn Jew.

According to a former French information minister, the deportation succeeded. It was determined that in August 1942 she was deported, at first to Drancy, and from there to Auschwitz where she was killed.
 

Sh. E. from her daughter Khaykele Burshtin.


 

 

 

 


 

Home       |       Site Map       |      Exhibitions      |      About the Museum       |       Education      |      Contact Us       |       Links


Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4018.
 

Copyright   Museum of Family History.  All rights reserved.