Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
At the outbreak of World War II, B. returned to Lodz. While in the ghetto, he and Moshe Pulaver (formerly an actor with the Ararat Theatre) organized a theatre. B. not only wrote new scores for their productions, he even wrote plays and librettos.
B. was part of the last group of Lodz Jews to be deported to Auschwitz. He brought his violin and all his scores with him. Even in the camp, he tried to provide entertainment for his fellow Jews. He lived until Liberation, but died immediately thereafter.
Sh. Kaczerginski published some of B.’s songs in his "Lider fun di getos un lagern". These included “Tsigayner lid” (The Gypsy Song) and “A yidish lidl” (A Little Jewish Song)—to which B. wrote both the lyrics and music.
B. also wrote the music for the following, which are published in the same collection: “Zamdn gliyen af der zun” (Sand Shines in the Sun), “Kleyner volkn” (Small Clouds), “Kinder yorn” (Childhood), “Shpiglt zikh af shoyb di zun” (The Sun Reflecting on the Window Pane), “Makh tsu di eygelekh” (Close Your Eyes), “Nit keyn rozinkes, nit keyn mandlen” (No Almonds, No Raisins), “Ikh leb in geto, in kavkaz” (I Live in the Ghetto, in the Caucasus), and “Dos shnayderl” (The Little Tailor). Kaczerginski was able to publish some of these with their melodies.
B. was married to the well-known actress Andzhe Foderman. She was killed earlier on. Their only son, Pinyek (also a musician), survived the war in Russia, and thereafter came to America.
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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3725.
Also see an earlier biography of David Beigelman in Volume 1 by clicking here.
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