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
 

Rosa Birnbaum

 

B. was born in April 1896 in Zwolen, Radom Gubernia, Poland, to Orthodox parents. She received a traditional Jewish education.

In 1908 when her parents moved across to Warsaw, she entered into a school, and she also saw for the first time acting in the Yiddish theatre.

In 1909 she entered into the dramatic section of the "Hazmir" union, that [of] Oscar "S'Brent", in which she acted in the role of "Chana Royza". Later she entered into an amateur group, with whom she traveled around across the nearby communities of Warsaw. When the group performed in Vilna, B. became engaged to Lipovski for his Cirkus-Teater, and the second season -- with Genfer in Vilna. Due to the war closing both theatres and the troupe uniting itself into a cooperative in which B. also entered into, and she then took to migrating across Russia, but as the Yiddish theatres were closed, she arranged Russian concerts, in which B. herself participated.

Coming to Kharkov, B. became engaged in Fishzon's troupe, later she entered into Leyzer (Eliezer) Zhelazo's troupe, which performed in Samara. Here she married Zhelazo, and she traveled together with him to Odessa to Meerson, later with Rappel, then she toured with various troupes across Russia.

 

In 1919 B. came to Poland, acting for a short time in Lodz's Colisseum, and then she entered into the Vilna Troupe, with whom she went on tour until [arriving in] America. B. acts until today in the American part of the Vilna Troupe.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 169.
 

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