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