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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

 


 

Leah Schwartz
(Shatzky)

 

Sh. was born on 25 July 1882 in Ostrog, Volin Gubernia, Russia. In her early youth she acted in Russian with "amateurs." At the age of sixteen she immigrated to London, England. There she acted in Yiddish with "amateurs," then she traveled to Paris, where she went into Yakov Spivakovski's troupe with whom she toured across Belgium and Switzerland. She returned to Paris, where she was engaged by Esther Wallerstein, and here she acted for a season with Samuel Goldenburg, then she acted for four seasons with Blumental as a partner with Yozef Sherman and participated in Sara Adler's productions in Belgium. After the First World War she acted in Belgium (Antwerp and Brussels) in character roles in the troupe of Fannie Waxman.

Sh.'s son, Solly, a boxer, had, as a child, acted in children's roles in the Paris Yiddish theatre. Her other son, Dr. Louis Schwartz, is married to the former Yiddish performer Khaykele Burstein.

During the Second World War, Sh. through a friend of her son, the doctor, was taken into Rothchild's mushbzknim in Paris, where she was situated for two years. But the Nazis who had constantly emptied out of the hospital the patients who were over sixty-five years of age, she had also, in 1944, a short time before the liberation of Paris, deported her to a killing place, from where she could no longer return.
 

Sh. E. from Khaykele Burshteyn-Schwartz

 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4044.
 

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