(Khaya Tsile Feder)
Born on 22 December 1887 in
Lemberg, Eastern Galicia. Parents -- small dealers. At
the age of seventeen, she began to act with "amateurs,"
with whom she acted for a year's time.
Zelig Liebgold, the business
director of the Tanentsap troupe, was looking for a
soubrette for the "amateur circles," and he engaged A.
with the permission of her parents. She debuted on the professional stage as "Rivka
Spodek" in "The Two Kuni Lemels" in Podhajce, Galicia,
from where she toured with the troupe, and in
1907-8 she went over to Moshe Richter's itinerant
troupe, later she acted for several months with Ebell, Akselrad
in Czernowitz and in the province, with Ashkenazy in
Iasi, and on the "Yiddish bine" (Director Edelhofer),
further in Galicia with Tanentsap, and when B. Hart
received a concession, she traveled with him for five
years across the Galician province.
During the First World War she acted
season in Czernowitz with Akselrad, from there she flew
back to Vienna, where she acted in Ziegler's troupe
until the start of 1918. Then she went back to Krakow,
where she acted over two years under the direction of
Moses Jacob, sand again a season with Hart in
Lemberg, six years with Emil Gimpel, traveling across
the province with Hart's troupe, and in 1929 in
Vienna with Yungvirt.
In Autumn 1929 she arrived in
America, and in November 1929 she performed once in the
Second Avenue Theatre in Lateiner's "The Jewish
Then she acted, due to union
conditions, non-union troupes, and after staying for
three years in America, she returned to Galicia where
she continued to be part of those troupes.
Jonas Turkow remarked that
U. had a sister in New York, who at times also was
active in Yiddish theatre. She is the mother of the
future fine actress Fraydele Lifshitz. A. had an
opportunity to remain in America. She had, however, been
deeply drawn to a home of her own child Pepi (Perele),
the future actress, who then married actor Jacob
Mandelblit. During the Nazi rule in Lemberg, there was
huge poverty throughout the streets, hunger broke out
and opgeshlisn and spent the nights in cellars,
until she, along with her husband Samai (Sammy) Urikh, were
captured by the Germans, and in the beginning of 1943
they were killed.
the Yiddish Theatre," New York, 1931, Vol. I, p.
Jonas Turkow --
"Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol. 2, pp. 80-88.