R. was born in 1903 in
Warsaw, Poland, into a horepashner working family. He
was educated in a worker's circle. From his early youth
he had a deep desire to act in the Yiddish theatre. He
had a magnificent voice and sang with feeling.
At the age of sixteen he
became a member in David Herman's theatre studio and
later acted in dramas. In 1927 he came to Paris, and he
soon joined up with the drama circle of the "Kultur-lige
(Culture League)," where he became very active and acted
in singing roles. In 1943 R. became one of the founders
of the "PIAT" Theatre under the leadership of David
Likht. Here he often acted in main roles in the
staged productions and became very popular, remaining
in the Paris Yiddish theatre world.
In the summer of 1941 R.
rose up, through the French collaborators with the
Nazis, in the bon-la Roland camp, that he was
interned with five hundred young Jews, only men. There he organized a
small theatre group with whom he acted in small numbers
to give compassion to those interred, a little raising
of the spirit, and at the same time encouraging them to
ease their difficult mood. In June 1942 he,
together with the entire camp, was deported to
Auschwitz, where he several months later became sick
dysentery. Under the difficult sorrow and pain in the
brutal force of his hunger for them to sing to him until
he gave up his soul.
Sh. E. from