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
 

Yoel David Dembitser


D. was born on 16 May 1886 in Krakow, Western Galicia.

His father was an acting-[mkum] for the head of the Krakow Beit Din.

He received a strong religious education.

Renowned as a Talmud scholar and [khrif]. At age eighteen he came [htr-hurah] and at twenty he [zezolt vern deyn].

Under the influence of his younger brother, Pesakh, he joined the Yiddish Worker's Movement. D. was given to secular education and foreign language and quickly made it to graduation. Later he united with Yiddish language and literature and worked on Yiddish translations of Greek (the tragedies of Achilles, Homers "Iliad") and Polish ("Di 'improvisations' of Mitskevitsh's "Dzhadi", et al.)

D. had with I. Rotersman translated to Polish Anski's "Dybuk" (Krakow 1922), had worked in the field of Yiddish philology and later, as a member of the Bund, held lectures and led worker's courses in Krakow, where he also was for a certain time the secretary of the Rabiner seminary.

After a long illness, D. passed away in Krakow on 30 April 1924.

Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp. 739-40.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 566.
 

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