Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
B. was born on 4 September
1886 in Uman, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. His father was a
grains merchant. In 1895 B.'s family moved over to
Yekaterinoslav. There B. learned in a gymnasium, and
he attended Russian and Yiddish productions. B. then
traveled to Aleksandrovsk to settle into his studios and
here founded a dramatic circle, which performed in
Russian, maneuvering nearer to the theatre, where he
became an errand boy for the professional theatre, and
he performed at times for a sick actor as "Vaserman" in
Hauptmann's "Farzunkener glok". His father took him back
to Yekaterinoslav and opened a tobacco shop for him, but
when the Yiddish troupe of Zhitomirski came to
guest-star, B. left with him and performed as "Rodzhero".
In 1905 he entered into the troupe of Bernstein, with
he acted for a year in "fat" roles, then he traveled to
America. He acted for a short time for Levitan in Boston
and then in the Columbia Theatre, touring across the
province where he participated with the guest-starring
Tanentsap. From there he went over to Hart with whom he
acted for seven years. He traveled to Ziegler in Vienna,
and there at the same time was a house tailor and a rag
"merchant". In 1924 B. acted for a short time in Paris
and Belgium. In 1926 he was in Budapest (Stramer's
troupe), 1927 in Yugoslavia, 1928 for a short time on
tour across Czechoslovakia and in Vienna.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 191.
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