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
 

Yakov Fishman
 

F. was born in 1883 in the village Rzheka, Novo Radomsko region, Poland, by Chasidic parents.

He learned in a cheder and later as a "auto-didact (self-taught student)".

In 1904 he began to act with "amateurs" in Lodz, where his family had earlier moved to.

During the Russo-Japanese War, he helped his parents provide knitwear for the Russian army, [kleybt on] a little money and bought (together with a friend/member) needed costumes and wigs, and ge went away with the "amateurs" and several professional actors across the Polish province. Later he went around with a professional troupe and toured with them throughout Russia.

After the pogrom in Odessa, he left Russia and went to Germany and Austria, most of the time in the [kur-erter], where he, with several others, acted in Yiddish vaudeville.

In 1914 he was the assistant regisseur for Adler-Sieratsky and the Lodz Skala Theatre and Warsaw Kaminski Theatre.

On 26 February 1915 F., mentally ill, passed away in Lodz.


M. E. from his brother Avraham Fishman.

Zalmen Zylbercweig -- "Hintern forhang", Vilna, 1928, p. 169.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2125.
 

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