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
 

Simcha Bergman
 

 

B. was born on 14 July 1881 in Odessa, Ukraine. He learned in a progymnasium. At the age of twelve he traveled with his parents to London and there worked in a cigarette factory.

Being a member in a tobacco club, where there were also as members the actor Jacob Silbert, Charles Nathanson and Saulie Wallerstein, who were at that time were just to strike at a management, and they founded their own troupe, and B. through them was taken into the troupe.

His first performance came in 1896 in the role of "Zun" in Shomer's "Treyfniak". In the troupe he acted for two years. From 1898 to 1903 he acted in the troupes of Charles Nathanson, Feinman, Adler and Goldfaden. In 1903 he traveled with the directors Blumental-Vaksman to South Africa, where he acted until 1905.

In 1908 he was in London as a manager in Princess Music Hall. From 1908 to 1927 he was manager and actor with the directors Joseph Kessler and Blumenthal in Paris and London.

B. was a co-founder of the Yiddish Artists Union in Paris and London, and was its first secretary.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 199.
 

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