B. was born in Akhrimov (Sarno)
near Uman, Kiev Gubernia. His father was a prayer leader
and a Talner Chasid, the "rich man" (gbir) of the
shtetl and of the community. B. had begun to write
early, at first in Russian, then in Hebrew. His first
works were both in Hebrew (1906), both in Yiddish
(1907), which he sent into production, but weren't
published. Living since 1908 in Kiev, where B. had as an
extern traveled to the exams (also he studied as a sheep
doctor, but later he gave it up), that there he wrote
his great story "Arum vokzal", which he was forced to
publish on his own account (publisher "Progres", Warsaw,
1909), and it was immediately called out for attention
by the Yiddish critics.
Outside of literary work, B.
had until the March Revolution also taken an active part
in the Jewish Cultural Movement, that addressed the
Ukraine under the direction of the Kiev "Kultur-lige
(Culture League)", from which B. was one of the
founders. When it was founded in May 1918, the dramatic
studio of the "Kultur-lige", B. until September 1920 was
the director and literary leader and he participated in
the direction and in the courses.
B. adapted his story "Der
toyber" as a drama in 3 acts, and fragments of it were
published in the New York "Freyheyt", 1927. The play
under he name of "Oybn un untn" under the direction of
Moshe Rafalski, music by Kreyn, decorations and costumes
by Tischler, on 27 April 1929 was staged i Homel by "Vim't".
The play under the name of "Di broyt-mil" ("Der toyber")
in 1930 was published in a Vilna publishing house by B.
The play was translated
into German by Dr. Prints for the Piskator Theatre.
At the end of 1929
through the Chicago Yiddish Literary-Dramatic
society collective he [became read=forgeleyent
gevorn], with the participation of the author, his
one-act comedy "In yidish-sovetishn gerikht", which
was later staged (Director Jacob Mestel) by "Artef"
in Carnegie Hall in New York.
In the "Freyheyt" of
March-April 1929 there was published fragments of
B.'s three-act drama "Beym telefon", which was being
read during a Bergelson evening in New York with the
participation of the author, through "Artef".
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp.
-- David bergelson, "Der toyber", in veysrusishn
yidishen mlukhh-teaterr, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 4,
Sh. Niger --
David bergelson, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 9, 1929.
"Literarishe bleter", 37, 1929.