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Regina Hertslikh

 

A woman from Warsaw who began her artistic career in "Azazel," also acting in "Sambatyon."

During the Nazi Occupation of Warsaw, and the introduction of the Jewish ghetto, she worked in a shop on Milne [Street], together with an entire range of Jewish artists and actors.

In his book, "Azoy iz es geven (That is How it Was)," according to Jonas Turkow, during the selections and actions in the Warsaw Ghetto, those who were saved were not those who had good documents, but those who had good endurance. So during a selection on Milne Street there was only a small number of people left, and among them was the actress Regina Hertslikh and her one-year-old child, who on that day had a 104F fever. They were hiding behind a bar, together with the film operator Maliniak, with his elderly father and sister. That they should not be visited, the small child was not geveynt, and this was good."

Jonas Turkow, in his book, "Extinguished Stars," portrayed her tragic end after the Germans had taken away her husband, the painter W. Weintraub.

"When we were returning on Milne Street, the actress Regina Hertslikh happened to be running with her child in her hands. the child had a very high fever. She had been hiding behind a bar. When the artistic group was being led away from Milne Street, Regina Hertslikh ran off with her sick child onto the street. She received a spasmodic surge. it was impossible for her to be

 


appeased. When she saw us she began to cry because we hadn't returned with her husband. Suddenly she disappeared. With her child in her hands, she ran away to save her husband. Moreover, she did not return. She met the fate of every yavekgefirte."

  • Jonas Turkow-- "Azoy iz es geven," Buenos Aires, 1948, pp. 321, 382.

  • Jonas Turikow-- "Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Volume 2, pp. 106-107.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4365.
 

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