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
 

Itsik Mendl Bergman


B. was born in Stanislawow, Galicia. His father was a sexton in a shul. As the composer David Hirsh says, B. for a short time traveled around Turkey as a "good Jew", and he did good business. But because he wasn't an ethical [mkhshul], he cast away his funds.

According to actor Cesar Greenberg, it had happened in 1875 that B. was with an uncle in Constantinople. He geshiklt in an eye, was a bit of a singer, and he knew some words to each song. In Greenberg's offering in Constantinople of "The Sale of Joseph", B. acted in the role of "Jacob", then they traveled to Romania together, and there he acted in the vaudeville of Greenberg's "Arbel-proze".

According to Itzhak Libresko, soon after the founding of the Goldfaden Theatre,  B. came to Iasi and created a small troupe under the name "Bergman's Troupe", with whom he traveled to perform in vaudeville.

B. Gorin remembers him as an actor in the Horowitz troupe across Galicia, and later as a director in Galicia.

According to the actor Charles Nathanson, B. had a concession in performing Yiddish theatre in Galicia, and he created a partnership with Tanentsap, who was partners with him (Nathanson) in Bukovina. In 1897 B. was with Nathanson as a prompter in Galicia.

B. passed away (date?) in Vienna from a cancer.


M. E. from Itzhak Libresko, S. Ferkauf, Cesar Greenberg, Charles Nathanson, David Hirsh and Moshe Schorr.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, pp. 199, 242; Vol. II, p. 147.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1,  page 198.
 

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