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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

 


 

Tsili Strashun
 


Sh. Blakher writes about her:

"A yearlong chorister from the Vilna Yiddish Theatre. She was at home in the entire operetta repertoire, both Yiddish and European. At times an actress was sick, and they went immediately to "Celia" (this is what she was called at the scene.)

In 1925 she went to work, touring with an itinerant troupe in the province, taking a prominent place as a soubrette and character actress. The provincial audience had a deep love for her, and when they arranged a benefit for her in Baranowitz, she was at the large circus building until the last ticket was sold.

Later she married the artist (Leib) Kuznetsov, whom she had loved gemeynzamen vunder-veg. She came to travel to Vilna, and there there was born her only son Borele. She became an actress and remained a faithful mother to her only son. She was tempted from time to time, but she had been out of range [rey], in the war theatre they also engaged her, but they had not given her any roles to play. Moreover, this did not last long.... Then came the destruction of the theatre, the destruction of Jewish Vilna, together with all the Jews from Pohulanka Street, with her entire family-- [her husband was taken away earlier] --one way-- through the Lukiskes prison, with her son going beforehand to Ponar."
 

  • Sh. Blakher-- "Eyn un tsvantsik un eyner," New York, 1962, p. 84.

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4366.
 

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