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
 

Yozef Eskreyz


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 Yozelman".

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 Yozelman".

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.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1580.
 

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