Born in 1908 in Warsaw,
Poland, into a merchant family. Because of this, that
his parents passed away early on, he had to at the age
of thirteen go to work so that he could dergern.
He worked as an errand boy in a large Warsaw trading
firm, and in the evening he learned in a trade school.
After graduating from the school he became a
bookkeeper-correspondent at the same firm.
In 1926 he entered Dr.
Weichert's dramatic studio, where he also became its
secretary. In 1933 when the studio transformed into
Warsaw's "Yung Theatre," S. became one of their actors
and was involved in all stages of the theatre in Warsaw
and on their tours. S. excelled in the productions of L.
Malach's "Mississippi," Goldfaden's "Two Kuni Lemels,"
(in L. Brand's adaptation as "Tanentsop"), and in Jacob
Prager's "Simkhe Plakhte."
About the "Yung Theatre"
break-up, S. became engaged to Krakow's Yiddish summer
theatre in 1936 to play in operettas and melodramas. As
he passed badly in the theatre, he quickly returned to
Warsaw, and when the "Yung Theatre" re-organized under a
new name--"New Theatre"--he played there, and in 1938 in
Vilna he performed in Herman Heyerman's play, "Lost
Hope" (in the role of 'Barent,' in which he excelled),
and in Theodore Dreiser's "American Tragedy" he made a
strong impression in the episodic role of the "flower
seller." In Vilna he also married the actress Ida Nelkin,
and they created a comfortable home.
About his last years and his
tragic end, Sh. Blakher writes:
"In 1939-40 he acted with 'VIKT.'
In 1941 he joined the artistic bashtand of the
State Yiddish Theatre. Stober created a fine likeness in
the production of Daniel's 'Julius.' in the role of a
young Kamunar Seibl [?]. His best role, however, was in
the last production of the Vilna State Theatre in Sholem
Aleichem's '200,000,' in the role of a poor tailor's
apprentice Kopl Falban. The role is.... Stober was
extremely successful, and everyone said that he had an
enormous success. ... Stober, who had a lung illness,
thanks to this this, had received the opportunity not to
have to go on tours, and only sat in place, repairing
very well physically. He is diker and became even
brighter. Having his wife (who had, according to Sh.
Katsherginski, been wounded), a faithful helper, who was
concerned for him. also materially, he had the
opportunity to develop. But the horror of the upcoming
war had disturbed everyone.
On a Sunday July day, there
were across Vilna black motor taxis traveling about.
Farfarn for a gate where the Jews lived, the autos
used to stop, and all the Jewish men would go out. In
one of the auto stops on Subatsh (sp) Street no 6-A,
where Stober was a guest of a friend, a Vilna worker had
gone out with him and were led away."