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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

 

Nera
(Rivka Motskin-Rakov)


 

Born on 3 November 1909 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. Her parents were minor merchants. She learned in an elementary school. In 1914 she began to act in children's roles and sang in the children's chorus in Genfer's troupe.

In 1917 N. acted in young roles in the troupe of Kompaneyets-Fiszon in Kharkov. From 1918-1926 she was in various Yiddish troupes in Lithuania and Latvia. In 1927 she was in Riga's State Yiddish Theatre. In 1928 she was in Vilna's Folks Theatre and then as a young dramatic actress in the Lodz member's troupe, and later in other troupes across Poland, together with her husband, the actor Julius Rakov.

When the Germans created the Lodz Ghetto on 1 May 1940, there were among the twelve local Yiddish professional theatres N. and her husband, who from time to time had participated in the productions there, which were directed by Moshe Pulaver.

According to Jonas Turkow, "Rakov with his wife Nera--both fine actors--worked and were killed in the Lodz Ghetto."

According to Moshe Pulaver, Rakov became sick in the ghetto and died. According to Avraham Kirshenboym, after he husband's death, N. went around begging. She went out of her mind, and she had found a death behind a cloister on Koshtselnagasse in Lodz.


M. E. from Avraham Kirshenboym.

  • "Lexicon of Yiddish Theatre," Warsaw, Vol. II, 1934, p. 1432.

  • Jonas Turkow -- "Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Volume II, p. 121.

  • Moshe Pulaver -- "Geveniz a geto," Tel Aviv, 1963, pp. 59-60.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4063.
You can read Nera's initial Lexicon biography from Vol. 2, by clicking here.
 

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