A. was born in November 1903
in Lemberg, Galicia.
His father was a carpenter.
His mother maintained a [bakaleyne-] store.
Until the age of eight he
learned in a cheder. He completed a folkshul. He became
enthusiastic for his brother's stories about the Yiddish
theatre. During Purim as a child, he used to perform in
homes with his children friends "The Selling of
Joseph" et al, and he acted in the roles of Joseph, King Akhasverosh
At the age of thirteen he
was taken to attend the Yiddish theatre, and he used to commit
to memory the texts for the plays he saw, and for an
audience of children for whom he performed in private homes,
and .in a pinch he was asked to create a stage by himself,
as well as the decorations, and he also acted in the
At age sixteen he was taken
to act in smaller roles in dramatic circles with the
lawyers' union "Tseyry yehudah", and he understudied in the
professional Yiddish theatre.
At the age of seventeen as a
pioneer he went to Eretz Yisroel and there he participated
in Hebrew amateur productions.
In 1927 he settled in
Melbourne (Australia), where he participated at first
in the professional Yiddish troupe of R. Finkelstein,
and he performed in "Hertsele
[myukhs]", "Markus" in "The Sorceress", and in other