Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE yIDDISH THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1967
 

Mina Bern

Born in Bielsk Podlaska, Poland.

Her parents were lumber merchants.

She graduated from a Yiddish primary school and attended the Yiddish Teacher's Seminary in Vilna while preparing to become a Yiddish teacher. In 1928 through her self-sacrifice, the poet Moshe Broderzon became enamored with her at the "Arrt". Afterwards she acted in Warsaw's Skala Theatre and later in the Kaminska Theatres, back again to perform in "Arrt" in Vilna. From there she went over to the artistic "Folk Theatre", afterwards to the collective "Unzer Theatre" as a soubrette together with Dina Halpern and Sam Bronetsky, later acting with Zigmund Turkow.

During the Second World War she was saved in the Soviet Union and there acted in the miniature theatres with Dzigan and Schumacher.

In 1944 as a Polish citizen she left the Soviet Union and was sent to a camp in Uganda where she put on children's productions for the Polish refugees.

Through a Yiddish family she was brought to Kenya, and from there she came in 1945 to Eretz Yisroel, where she performed together with Jennie Levitz in the revue "Rojinkes mit mandlen (Raisins with Almonds)." She sought the attention of the critics and the audiences alike, so she crossed over to the Hebrew theatre "Li La Lu."

 

In 1949 B. was brought to America through Benjamin Rotman. Here she married actor Ben Bonus and since then has followed the same path on the stage as him.

B. is a member of the Yiddish Actors Union, and she has recorded Hebrew songs in the State of Israel.


Sh. E. and M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2296.
 

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