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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

 

Meir Nikolayevski


 

N. was born in 1908 in Smiela, Ukraine, into a family of weavers, who early lost his mother.

He found his way to the theatre in a Yiddish dramatic circle of artistic independence, afterwards taken in as an actor into the Kiev Yiddish theatre of the young workers, and he was sent from there to study in the Kiev Dramatic Institute, where he finished in 1936 and was appointed regisseur of the Kiev Yiddish Children's Theatre. At the same time he learned in the inspirateur of the theatrical institute and at the same time was an assistant to the preeminent teacher-regisseur S. Novak.

In 1939 N. was engaged to direct two plays in the Kherson theatre, and after that the Soviets had taken Western Ukraine, and he had a performance in Lwow's theatre.

In 1940, when there was organized the Czernowitz State Yiddish Theatre, he became there the main regisseur, but when the Nazis attacked the Soviets, N. volunteered to go into the army and in the process of laying a bridge across the Dnieper for the Soviet army, he became mortally wounded. He came to his eternal rest in July 1941 in the Kamenets-Podolsk region.

His wife, who worked in the theatre, lives in Kiev. Their daughter, Sayra, who in 1961, finished a boy- institute, and she worked in Minsk, then came a state pension.
 

M. 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 4737.
 

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