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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

 


 

M. Maksimov
(Moshe Lotte)
 

M. was born on 30 December 1889 in Warsaw, Poland. His father was a lumber merchant. As a six-year-old child he went with his parents to Vlotslavek, where he learned in a cheder and in the Russian gymnasium. Here he also participated in the school's productions. After his father's death, M. had to become the one to provide for his family, and he went to Lodz where he became a Russian-German correspondent in the firm Y.K. Poznanski, afterwards Vayazhar (traveling salesman) for the same firm across Russia. He returned to Lodz; M. to the Yiddish circle and he became a member of the society "Dramatishe kunst," where he also directed with Mark Arnstein, Hauptmann's "Henshel Fuman," in which M. debuted as "Kelner."

After participating for a few years in "Dramatishe kunst," where he had at the same time acted with Ester Rukhl Kaminska in Gordin's repertoire with the society, M. became a professional actor and toured with the provincial troupe that  E.R. Kaminska had organized. After acting for two years in the troupe, M. went back to Warsaw, where due to illness, he took a break from his stage activities for a year-and-a-half, touring afterwards across Poland with various provincial troupes. He acted with Julius Adler in Lodz and made a connection later with "Vik't" as an actor and administrative director. Afterwards M. settled in Radom where he became the lessee of the local theatre "Rozmaytoshtsi," wherein he brought in from time to time Yiddish troupes. He also was the founder of the dramatic section of the Radomer Groser-klub known as "Arbeter-Vinkl (Workers' Corner)," where he also directed various plays from literary repertoire.

 


As such, in December 1932, he directed David Gergelson's "Der toyber."

M. was killed by the Nazis.

  • "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre," Warsaw, 1934, Vol. 2, p. 1240.

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3821.
 

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