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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

 


 

Rosa Schilling
(Rikl Berye[?])

 

Born on 8 February 1876 in Lemberg, Galicia. Father -- owner of a canteen [restaurant in a barracks]. She completed a folkshul. 1892 -- joined as a chorister with Gimpel in his Lemberg Yiddish theatre, but quickly became a soubrette, and after a certain time acted together with Regina Prager and Berta Kalich. After acting in Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest and Warsaw, she married Sam Schilling in 1910, and followed the same stage path as her husband.

In her autobiography she writes:
"I can proudly say that happily the entrepreneurs felt that Schilling and his wife had been privileged to take part in his activities. As evidence serves the fact, during the Czarist rule, when  no Jew was able to enter Russia, nevertheless the former director of the Warsaw Epelberg had applied to every power wit in six months to be engaged, where we had a great celebrated triumph".

After her husband's death, Sh. remained to act in Yiddish theatre. Her sister Hanya (Anna Brie) also was a Yiddish actress ("Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, p. 243), and was the wife of actor Adolf Meltzer.

According to the Yizkor list in the program of the State Yiddish Theatre in Poland, S. was killed by the Nazis.


Sh. E.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre," New York, Vol. II, p. 147.

 


 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4802.
 

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