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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

 

Motele Kutsik

Born in Warsaw, Poland. His father was a Yiddish actor, and soon thereafter disappeared. He completed a "TSISHO" school. Ida Kaminska had to look at him almost instantaneously. His entire family was connected with Yiddish theatre: Yakov Mandelblit, Perele Urich, Gustave Berger (a Lemberger). for a trade he was a publisher and worked in the Warsaw "Folks-tsaytung."

Nathan Minsky writes about him:

"...Motl Kutsik ... until his sixteen year actually lived as an aygn child of Yiddish theatre and became scrutinized from all the Yiddish actors in Warsaw.

In an entire series of plays from famous Yiddish troupes, he performed in children's roles. He played with Ida Kaminska, Ruth Turkow, Yakov Mandelblit and Pearl Urich.

Motele completed a TSISHO school. To a sium-hsfr had every TSISHO school in Warsaw perform the famous play, "Tom Sawyer," with Motele as "Sam." The theatre reviewer of the Yiddish, and also Polish press, had written later that with mastery performed for the role, Motele had obtained a very important level, actually of a wonder-child."

After completing the TSISHO school, Motele learned the profession of a Yiddish advertising composer [anonsn-zetser], where he also showed his gifts, because he was a very good mathematician. His figures and decorations, created from a lead

 


pencil, evoked admiration in Warsaw's printers' union among the older Yiddish printer-workers. Incidentally, he was a member of the printers' union, where he dressed up the walls with paintings and lazunen.

He was a child of the Warsaw Ghetto, a half-orphan, an only son of his mother. Both were taken away and killed with the Warsaw Jewry.

When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, he fled to Warsaw, going on foot to Brisk. Here they proposed assistance to him, that he should be scared of the Litvak Vilna. However, he was homesick for his mother. He continued on foot, backed away to Warsaw, [but] into the Warsaw Ghetto. At the "action," together with his mother, they were carried off to Treblinka, where they both were killed.


Sh.E. from Natan Minsky.

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4795.
 

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