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
 

Ben-Zion Berdichevsky
(Berdichever)

 

B. was born on 15 April 1898 in Falesti, Bessarabia. His father was a woman's tailor. He received an religious education, and he learned from a Russian teacher. In his early youth, he read Yiddish literature, and for the first time he attended a Yiddish production by shlepping himself with musicians, who he had helped moved their drums. Later he became a shill for the actors, and thus there often arrived the opportunity to attend the theatre and also understudy.

In 1914 B. performed for the first time as "Mnukh" in an amateur production of "Shulamit" in Beltz, Bessarabia, and then in further productions. Due to the war he moved his family over to Odessa, where B. worked until 1917 in a ammunitions factory.

During Pesach 1917 B. entered into Leib Korik's troupe as a professional, where he was in the lead as a lover for a short time, and after the troupe fell apart, B. went over to the troupe of Meerson-Epstein, where he acted for a season. When he guest-starred with a second troupe in Kishinev in 1918, Kishinev became demolished by Russia, and B. remained in Rumania for three years acting under the worst conditions. In 1921 B. came to Paris, where he acted with Blumental for several seasons, then a season in Antwerp, again in Paris, four years in London, in the course of which he acted for six months with a Yiddish troupe in South Africa. In 1929 B. acted in Argentina.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 202.
 

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