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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

 

Sofia Erdi
(Garfunkel)


Born in 189... in Kaments Podolsk.

Her parents were a [gut] owner in Podol.

She completed a gymnasium of Shalb and was a tsuhererin in a university. 

E. also had completed the dramatic course of Andreyev-Petrovsky.

Since 1916 she participated in the school productions.

In 1917 she began to act in small theatre in 1918 until the Bolshevik Revolution, and came to Kovno in 1922 to Kovno, Lithuania. She learned on her own how to write out and read Yiddish.

In 1932 she went over to the Yiddish theatre where she debuted as "Ranya di potshtarka" in Gordin's "The Oath."

Soon she left again on a tour with a Russian theatre group across Revel and other cities in Estonia.

In 1925-26 she returned to Yiddish theatre and acted with L. Sokolov in Riga.

In 1926 she returned to Kovno, where she performed again in Yiddish with the guest-starring Zaslavsky, Rubin, Celia Adler, Ossip Runitsh and Zigmunt Turkow.

According to Yona Radinov, E. was killed by the Nazis in the Kovno ghetto.

 

M. E. and  Sh. E. from Yona Radinov.

  • A Kovner -- Jubilee for Sofia Erdi, "Yidishe shtime," Kovno, N' 2847, 1929.

  • Der benefis fun sofia erdi, "Folksblat," Kovno, N' 343, 1929.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4413.
 

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