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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

 

   Khaykele Kushnir
 

Born in 1915 in Vilna, Russia-Poland into a poor family, yuos still was hungry. From childhood she manifested an artistic talent; she took part in the Vilna Yiddish amateur circle and afterwards entered the chorus of the Yiddish theatre.

At the age of eighteen she arrived in Riga and went into the Kadish-Khash theatre troupe. She continued to play in Riga with the Yiddish troupes there, in 1939 together with guest-star Max Perlman.

In Riga K. married a private person, Yavitsh, and when the Nazis captured Riga, she had the presence of mind to take the hands of her two-year-old child(?).

On 20 November 1941, in the first action in the Riga ghetto, under the personal direction of the head of the Schutz police in Latvia (It was called "Ostland" by the Nazis), Richard Moyvald, who was arrested and released by the Hamburg prosecutor, shot K. in the Rumbula
forest near Riga.


M. E. from Max Perlman and Sh. E. from Yona Radinov.

 



 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4161.
 

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