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
 

David Davidov (II)
(Ratsik)

 

D. was born on 10 May 1890 in Lodz, Poland. His father had [smikhh]. He learned in a cheder, and at the age of nine he traveled to his parents' brothers in Berlin. There he learned in a school. Later he worked for a year in a manufacturing business.  As well he possessed a beautiful voice, and thus he entered into a Leipzig conservatory, which he completed in 1913.

At the same time he studied in the dramatic school of Professor Marian under the leadership of Proft, regisseur of Leipzig's city theatre, acting from time to time in German in the province under he direction of Tsimerman.

From Berlin D. traveled to London, where he acted in Yiddish in the Wonderland Theatre, then in the Lyric Theatre under the direction of Blumental, later together with Morris Moshkovitsh in the Pavilion Theatre.

As a Polish-Russian citizen in wartime, he was forced to migrate to Russia and participate in the Kiev artists cooperative. From there he traveled with the Gleichman's across Siberia, Japan, China, India and Egypt, acting everywhere in the Yiddish theatre. From Egypt he wandered everywhere towards Eretz Yisrael, where he came in 1919 and he put together the basics for a professional Hebrew theatre, in which he became for a long time the regisseur. From 1927 he has acted in various Hebrew troupes.


M. E.

  • Saul Ruskin -- Teater in eretz yisrael, "Unzer teater", N. Y., 2-3, 1921.

  • Z. Khspi -- Dos hebreishe teater in eretz-yisrael, "Altneyland", Warsaw, 12, 1925.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 538.
 

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