Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
At the end of 1919 with the
16th Russian Army, which had been operating in White
Russia, there was organized a Yiddish troupe under the
direction of Y. Bertanov. The troupe performed for the
Jewish Red Army and derhoypt for the workers and working
Jewish population that worked for the cities, which used
to be taken over by the Russian army.
Soon it established similar
troupes that, however, did not last for long; a part of
them ceased to exist due to the fact that the Soviet
powers had let the region. Others therefore disbanded,
and a large number of actors, due to the terrible hunger
went to international destinations.
According to B. Orshansky,
the main reason for the disbanding was that all of the
theatres were very content with old theatre. They had
almost no ideas. None of them thought that the
Revolution demanded new plays, a new approach to the
arts and to theatre. They took to becoming a burden of
the working population and therefore lost their
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 948.
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