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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

 

Benjamin Graubart
 

In "Lerer Yizkor-Bukh (Teacher's Book of Remembrance)," New York, 1954, p. 112, it is reported:

Around 1926 in Nezvizh there appeared an intelligent youth from Warsaw. Short and chubby, he limped a bit on one leg. Possessing two wise, smiling eyes behind the gold-rimmed glasses, B. Graubart became manager of the Nezvizher Tsishe School. Later, in his old age, after he had become a resident in Nezvizh, he was elected as a city councilman. He was a saintly man who helped poor Jewish people. He provided free education for the poor and needy Jewish children.

In 1930 he staged the "Prince and the Pauper" [by Mark Twain]. At times he even helped with the stage decorations. He involved the children in the selection of their roles. The production proved to be economically beneficial for the school and its backers.

In 1932 he went to Pinsk and became manager of this Borokhov School. However under pressure from the Polish school authorities, Graubert had to quit his teacher's post, and he became bookkeeper for trade activities. He continued to devote all of his energies on behalf of children's education, and for the welfare of the impoverished Jewish population.

He was killed in Pinsk.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3867.
 

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