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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

 


 

     Rachel Weissberg
 

Born on 23 of February 1901 in Sadagora, Bukovina.

Her father was a business man.

She finished her learning in Novoselitz in an elementary school, and after arriving in 1913 with the family in Vienna, finished there in a public and commercial school.

She participated in amateur productions of the "Zion" union, attending dramatic courses with the union of the "Fraye yidishe folks-bine" theatre, and when they founded the "Free Yiddish public stage", W. enters this theatre and also participates with them as they tour throughout Romania.

In 1922 W. played a season in mixed repertoire in the Hotel Stephanie in Vienna.

During the 1925-1926 season, "Shund" repertoire in the "Yiddish Artists Cabaret" (manager Max Streng), and in 1927 in the "Yiddish Artists Plays" managed by Shulem Brin.

After her wedding to the actor Ben-Zion Sigal, they played together for Shulem Podzamtshé.

When the Nazis took over rule in Vienna, she, together with her husband and two children, ran away to Czechoslovakia. But from there they were deported to Lemberg, from where she was pushed with her husband and their children into the gas chambers of Belzec.

  • "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre,"  New York 1931, Vol. 1, p.697.

  • Jonas Turkow, "Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires 1953, Vol. 2, pp. 139, 210.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3846.
Rachel was also included in Volume 1, page 697.
 

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