Born in 18... in Zlotshev, Galicia, to well-to-do
parents, brother -- a medical doctor. In childhood he
sang as a choir boy with Cantor Boruch Schorr, and he
developed a desire for the stage.
According to Sam Ludwig, E.
was very musical and played the piano well. He also was
the choral conductor for Cantor Aaron Sholom Sherman and
had later composed the music for Goldfaden's "Rabbi
He entered into Gradner's
troupe (Israel and Aneta Gradner, Israel Weinblatt,
Leonard, Hermalin), in which he also joined "Professor"
Horowitz with his daughter Charlotte and father-in-law
Cesar Greenberg. E. had acted with them across the
larger cities of Galicia, and then even in the "Ring
Theatre" in Vienna.
According to Yitzhak
Libresko, E. especially became popular through his
so-called "burg music", which he used to sing
with his beautiful tenor voice after each play, and
thereby excited even the non-Jewish listeners.
According to Berta Kalich,
E. came to Budapest to act in Yiddish theatre with a
half of Gimpel's performing troupe.
According to Julius Gutman ,
E. was the first to play the title role of "Rabbi
In 1892, E. arrived in
Warsaw with Shliferstein, and here performed as
"Absalom" in Goldfaden's "Shulamis". Later he settled in
Vienna, where he was not admitted to the stage, and he
made his livelihood by trading in fish.
In 1912, E. passed away in
Vienna from a heart attack.
M. E. from
Jacob Mestel, Julius Gutman, Sam Ludvik, H. Fenigstein
and Yitzhak Libresko.
B. Gorin -- "History of
Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, p. 242.
Berta Kalich [memoirs]
-- "Der tog", N. Y., 2 May 1925.
Esther Rukhl Kaminska
[memoirs] -- "Moment", Warsaw, 29 September 1926.