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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

 


 

Dina Shayevitsh
(Igelskaya)
 


 

Born in May 1891 in Sieradz, Poland. Her parents were merchants. She learned to read and write Yiddish, a little 'davening,' and a little Polish with a cantor's daughter. There she made the acquaintance of the actor Yosef Shayevitsh, with whom she married and went with him on tour. She began as a chorister in the chorus of the Yiddish theatre with Zandberg in Lodz, later on her own going over to small, then to greater roles and followed the actor's path with her husband. Since 1919, when her husband was killed during a civil conflict in Russia, she didn't act for a bit of time, but later she joined a member troupe in Russia. She married the actor Avraham Kurtz, returning to Poland, where she acted with Esther Rukl Kaminska across the province, then in Warsaw in the Kaminski Theatre, in the winter of 1927 with Lidia Potocka, later with other prominent troupes and actors, among them Maurice Schwartz in his offering of Singer's "Yoshe kalb."

Dina's son, the composer Israel, was killed by the Nazis.

About her tragic end, Jonas Turkow writes:

"When the 'actions' began in the Warsaw Ghetto, A. Kurtz with his darling wife Dina Shayevitsh--also a Yiddish actress of merit--was tsugeshribn as a bakery worker with her friend Korman in the bakery on Novolipye Street. The joy did not last long, as there came a 'selection' (a Jewish cleansing directed by the Germans), and dos porl Kurtz aiz nor el pi ns gelungen zikh. From then on they had aribergetrogn in our metal 'shop' on Milne Street.

A. Kurtz had worked with us in the men's department, and Dina Shayevitsh with my wife and the other women, with metal and haberdashery cleaning. During one of the first 'actions' on Milne Street, they had the lovely, dear Dina Shayevitsh and led her away to her place of death."
 

M. E.

  • Jonas Turkow-- "Extinguished Stars," 1953, Vol. 1, pp. 89, 114-5.

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4378.
 

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