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
 

Betsalel Friedman

 

F. was born in 1897 in Brisk-Litovsk. His father was a worker in a flour factory. He debuted in 1919 with songs in A. M. Weisenberg's "Yudishe zalelbikher", later in other journals.

He immigrated to America, where he for a certain time was a co-editor of a monthly journal for beginners "Oyfgang", and he published songs and collections in the "Morning Journal" and in collection "Shriftn". F. was a teacher in the Yiddish secular school.

F. had composed a children's opera "Der retakh", with music by Leo Lyov (published by the Education Committee of the Arbeter Ring). On 11 March 1933 in the Bronx's "VMHI" there was staged under the direction of Mark Feder through the students of the Bronx's Ordn middle school F.'s drama "Der valuntir ben shapiro" about the American-Yiddish volunteers in Spain, music arranged by Irving Korenman, dances arranged by Lili Shapiro. F. also is the author of the drama "Jenitar jey". (1934, p. 96).

F.'s wife Berta Leltshuk was a Yiddish actress.

On 12 July 1941 F. passed away in New York.

  • Zalmen Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vilna, 1929, Vol. III, pp. 180-181.

  • "Lexicon of the New Yiddish Literature", New York, 1968, pp. 474-475.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5196.
 

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