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
 

Yitzhak Eichel

Born in 1756 [not as is mostly indicated in Reyzen's "Lexicon" as 1875, but with shtifn 1758] in Copenhagen, Denmark. [Not in Kenigsberg, as in that aforementioned biography]. His great-grandfather had geheisn Yekhiel Levin, from 'Yekhiel" it became "Ikhl" -- the family name Eichel. When he was very young E. arrived in Kenigsberg, where he studied later in the local university, and was the educator of a merchant and banker for Joachim Moshe Friedlander's grandchildren. E. was also introduced to Moshe Mendelson, and later became his first biographer.

E.'s first large social achievement was to found in Kenigsberg, with the support of the Friedlanders, and with the assistance of Berlin and Breslau friends, the "Chevras durshi lshon evr", which later was transformed into the "Chevras shukhri htov vhtushi bkinigsberg vberlin".

The aforementioned first social founding in 1778 in Berlin was a modern Yiddish school ("Freishul"), and in 1782 E. published a Hebrew appeal to the Kenigsberg Jews about the founding of such a school in Kenigsberg, but due to the stubborn attitude of the Orthodoxy, the plan was not realized.

In the years 1784-8.....more to translate....


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 55.
 

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