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
 

Bernard Fishman


F. was born in 1866 in Berdichev, Ukraine.

His grandfather was a ritual slaughterer.

His father was a klezmer.

F. learned in a cheder, afterwards in the Volozhin Yeshiva and became a Yiddish teacher.

As a child he had a desire for melodies and became a choir boy in a synagogue, and [tsugetshepet] to black-[kvartet], and from there in 1878 went over to Pinsk with the troupe of Tsenter, where he acted in Chasidic and grandfather roles.

For two or three years F. traveled across Russia until he immigrated to London with Jacob P. Adler, and afterwards across the English province, becoming the first Yiddish actor and manager in Lidz(?), Manchester and Glasgow. Later F. also acted in Paris, and in 1911-12 he acted in vaudeville in Karlsbad, Frantsesbad, Vienna, Antwerp, Pressburg and Kising.....

F. composed the play  "Di blinde ytumh" and "Dos lebn in australya", and he wrote couplets for his [aroystritn].


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 7, page 6303.
 

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