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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

 

Gedalya Gurman
 

Born in 1883 in Uman, Ukraine.

In 1924 he began to work as a singer of Yiddish folk songs, while at the same time as a cantor and concertist with liturgical programs. He went to Bucharest and Czernowitz, and afterwards toured across very old and new Romania.

In 1920 he searched for a brother in Africa and there recorded on a gramophone plate several numbers from his repertoire. Returning to Romania, he again recorded himself per his profession as a cantor, until the summer of 1941 when the Nazis captured Czernowitz.

Soon after they entered, the Gestapo came for him in his apartment, carried him off to the Czernowitz Culture Palace, and from there to the Prut, where he was killed. Ilya Ehrenburg in his "Black Book," also published in Romania in 1946, mentioning his tragic end.

G.'s wife Mindl (Manya) in 1942 was deported and was killed in Shargorod, Transnistria. Their daughter Sonia and her husband Shmuel Fischler were actors in the Bucharest State Yiddish Theatre.


Sh. E. from Julian Schwartz.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3830.
 

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