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
 

Hersh Amasia
 

 

A. was born in 1864 in Odessa, Ukraine. He learned in a cheder and in a yeshiva. In 1878 the dirizhor Dunayevsky took him into the chorus of the large school, where he sang as a soprano. Later he same dirizhor brought him into the the chorus of Goldfaden's troupe, and A. participated in the chorus of Goldfaden's play "Podriadtshik", later he acted in the "theatre" with children in the Shpeykhlers and Boydemer and in homes. In 1884 A. traveled with a quartet of Holdin-Levinzon, Weinbloym and Amasia across the Crimea.

After serving in the military he traveled around with a troupe, and in 1891 he participated in Kompaneyets' troupe, and when it disbanded, A. joined a circus, where he sang in a Russian chorus, and he performed Yiddish scenes from "Shulamis", then he began again to act with Kompaneyets, then with Fishzon and Berenstein, Spivakovski and Sharavner, and then he returned to Fishzon.

In 1896 A. was found in Nikolayev, and when it was forbidden to act in Yiddish, and he became a cellar singer, traveling around as a badkhan to brises and weddings and he also worked at the same time as a treger beym port, until he entered into Bernstein's troupe, then A. acted in various troupes in Russia, Poland and Galicia. In the last years he has an illness and has played a minor role in "Vik"t", and in Julius Adler's troupe.

A. last was an emeritus of the professional Yiddish Artists Union in Poland.

On 28 May 1927 a. passed away in the Jewish hospital in Warsaw.

A. had translated a notebook of memoirs, that were published in "Yidish teater", Warsaw, 1927, Vol. II.

  • Hersh Amasia: Necrology, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 24, 1927.

  • Hersh Amasia: Memoirs "Yidish teater", Warsaw, 1927, Vol. II, pp. 200-13.

  • Zigmunt Turkow -- Emeritn, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 40-43, 1929.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 69.
 

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