Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Grodno Yiddish Theatre Society

Jonas Turkow writes in his book "Farloshene shtern (Extinguished Stars)":

"Grodno belonged to the Jewish cities where there was founded a Yiddish theatre society, and the society had simple Jews, folks-people,  who wanted to maintain the beautiful theatre tradition for their city. At the head of the first Yiddish theatre society stood ordinary Jews: Slip -- a shoemaker by profession, Vishnievski, -- a tailor, Palinitski -- an employee in a tradesman's cooperative and marmer (marble) -- the owner of a small shop. The secretary of the theatre society was Rafael Kvint. These people among others had placed for the purpose of buying a house for their own theatre, and to that purpose, they even were, in the year 1924, performing a "Bliml tog (Flowery Day?)".

In the later years the society consisted of people of the so-called "better societies", and the more well-to-do Jews, It should be mentioned here that among the popular Grodno Jews, there was: Bronervayn, who was a big merchant and the gabbai of the large synagogue, Dr. Brizman, A. Yezerski, who excelled so in the Grodno ghetto with his heroism and self-sacrifice. During the liquidation of the Grodno Jews, he strengthened and maintained the morale of those Jews who were condemned to death.

The Grodno Yiddish Theatre Society bravely opposed the terrible polanization and fought against their representatives in the city council, that they should acquire the municipal theatre for Yiddish productions, some times in a month, completely without. The Theatre Society carried out that Yiddish troupes should be freed from paying taxes, and alone brought down Yiddish troupes to Grodno, and subsidized the Yiddish productions. The Grodno Theatre Society led a struggle against shund ("trashy" theatre), and in the field had recorded a significant achievement".

  • Jonas Turkow -- "Farloshene shtern", Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol. II, pp. 130-131.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3,  page 4953.
 

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