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
 

Sh. Ber(e)nstein


B.. was born [according to Reyzen's "Lexicon"] in Kamenets Podolsk, in 1869 he issued in Zhitomir a collection under the title of "Magazin fun yidishe lider far dem yudishen folk". B. may just have been one of the first Yiddish folk poets in Russia, given Gotlaber, Michal Gordon, Goldfaden and Unzer, that as them he had very much in common, both in tone, the folk-like lyrics or badkhan-like [rezionirndikn], both according to the ideals and themes. B. in his time was very popular and his songs used to be sung in Southern Russia as folksongs.

Sh. B. is probably identified as Shmuel Berenstein, who had in the sixtieth and seventieth years of the nineteenth century lived in Zhitomir, and he was very popular as a collaborator of "Kul mbshr", where he had in 1871 in volumes 21-31 published is comedy in five acts "R' Itzhak Dl gah" [separate edition -- Odessa, 1872, then Kishinev 1884, 32 p., 16, under the name of "R' Yakhtse dl gah", a comedy with a novel in five acts, first part, [on site=oyf zeytl] 17 [hoybt zikh] in the "third part"].

In the comedy he mocked the [ibergemen zikh] of [pedigree=yikhus] of a "R' Db ben Shtempel". Although artistically increasing the comedy, it is not on the level of the primitive fiction of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) epoch; it is however excellent with the directed, [folkstimlebn], succulent Yiddish.

  • Zalmen Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Theatre", V. I, pp. 376-380.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1,  page 209.
 

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