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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

 


 

Anka (Veytzman) Lipinsky

 

L. was born in 1903 in Warsaw, Poland, into a balebatisher family. Due to this fact, that her mother was young when she died, and her father had married for a second time, she was raised by her married sister, as the other second sister and her brother, the actor Itzhak Lipinsky, in 1921 were away in America.

Having from early youth an inclination to sing and act, she had for some years sung in the chorus and was introduced to conductor M. Shneur, and at the same time acted in dramas with the young organization "Tsukunft." In 1922 she entered into a Yiddish dramatic school under the direction of Weichert, which she had attended for six years until the end of 1928 when she immigrated to Paris.

Without regard for the difficult immigrant conditions in Paris, she soon joined the drama with the "Kultur-lige (Culture League)", where she acted in various roles and at the same time from time to time performed individually with recitations.

In the beginning of 1934, when she was with the artists from the former Vilna Troupe Licht, Kurland and Mansdorf, "PIAT" Theatre was created under the leadership of David Licht, which she joined, and there soon came to her a prominent role in David Bergelson's "Midas hdin," and later other major roles in the offerings of "Azef," Sholem Aleichem's "Gold Diggers, "Dos farkhishufte shnayderl," Kulbak's "Boytre," Peretz's "In polish oyf der keyt," Leivick's "The Poor Kingdom" et al, until the theatre activity in Paris in 1939

 

due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

On 16 July 1942 L. was arrested by the Nazis. Together with her young daughter Madeleine, they were deported to Auschwitz, from where they no longer returned.


Sh. E. from Leibush Lensky.

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4268.
 

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