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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

 


 

Jakob Wasserman


W. was born in 1880 in Plotsk, Poland.

In all he wandered across Western Galicia, America, India, and other lands.

Since after the First World War, he lived in Warsaw, where he was working as a teacher of English . Besides articles in various Yiddish journals, he had, as an active Communist, together with Alter Kacyzne, edited in 1921 "Glokn" ("document of art and thanks in the new world message") and alone edited and issued the journal "Arbeter kultur un kunst" (Warsaw, December 1922), for which he put out one volume.

W. had in 1921 issued in Warsaw a book "The Theatre and the Socialist" (p. 180, plus a ten-page introduction), in which he attempted to treat the theatre problem from a historical-materialistic position. Besides many historical material he also brought into the book his own assumptions about the modernist and expressionist in literature, film, etc.

In 1939-40 W. was found in Bialystok under the Soviet Occupation. Ideologically an antoyshter, he refused to accept citizenship, and he returned to Warsaw, where he was killed during the Nazi Occupation.
 

  • "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre," New York, 1931, Vol. 2, pp. 656-57.

  • "Lexicon of the New Yiddish Literature," New York, 1960, Vol. 3, p. 294.

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4469.
 

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