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Lexicon of the Yiddish
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE;
IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City
The writer Mark Rzaumni relates:
"According to the
appointment of the direction [of the Riga Yiddish
Theatre], I adapted Mark Arnstein's "Vilner galebesl,"
creating thereof a musical drama with a main role
especially for two artists who were engaged there in the
theatre: the singer Khaim Shelkan and the singer Rina
Tselzar. She was a young person, a very talented singer
(the family was religious). She performed in operetta
theatre in Vienna, from where she, after the "anschluss," escaped, returning to her home city in Riga.
She didn't know any Yiddish,
and she learned the language with us, and also as I have
already said, [we] made for her and for Shelkan (there
had no need to study) repertoire. They had great success
in the play and after in several plays that was composed
In the ghetto, Tselzar was
Sh. E. from
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 4781.
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